Toys for Tots began in 1947 when U.S. Marine Corps Major Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children for Christmas. In 1948, the program expanded and became a nationwide campaign. As of 2009, the Toys for Tots program and foundation, has collected and distributed almost five hundred million toys. The program is now a national effort administered locally in Quantico, Virginia.
Toys for Tots DonationsThere are more than 400 donation sites in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In addition to programs during the holiday season, special toy collection or fundraising events are held throughout the year, including golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary efforts.
See Washington DC Area Drop Off Locations
Checks or money orders can also be sent to:
Toys for Tots
P.O. BOX 8124
Washington, DC 20336