Letter: Frank Holtz, Toys for Tots,

Editor: In 1947, a group of Marines recognized a need in this country and found a way to fill it—Toys for Tots. The program’s main purpose is to “bring the joy of Christmas to America’s less fortunate children.” Receiving the gift of a shiny, new toy (something many take for granted) can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life.

2018 was a successful year for the Loudoun County Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots program.

This year, we provided The Salvation Army of Loudoun County with about 9,000 toys. This allowed them to have a “Toy Shop” for the second year so that families unable to sign up for their Angel Tree Program would be able to register and receive toys for their children. This upheld the Toys for Tots mission of “providing toys for every child.”

In addition to the Salvation Army, we provided more than 22,000 toys to various nonprofit organizations in Loudoun Count including Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont.

The Loudoun County Toys for Tots program wouldn’t be successful without our tireless volunteers and the generosity of area families and businesses/organizations.  We are indebted to the men and women of the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue services for collecting and delivering massive amounts of toys at each of the fire stations in Loudoun County.

A special thank you goes out to Sabey Data Centers, which donated warehouse space where we collected, sorted, and distributed toys. It is important to note, that each year we are tasked with locating a space for our operation.

We are already planning for our next season which begins Oct. 1.

Frank Holtz, Coordinator

Toys for Tots, Loudoun County

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