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Toys for Tots - Washington, DC


Toys for Tots - Washington, DC
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The Toys For Tots – Washington, DC program provides toys to brighten the holiday season for children in local needy families. The program is run each year during the months of October-December. Toys donated should be new, unwrapped and preferably around the $10 or above price range. Any individual, business or organization can hold a toy collection drive. Toys For Tots coordinators assist volunteers and provide collection bins, posters, window stickers, and other promotional materials.

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 Donations

There 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


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