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Information compiled and written by Nathan Wertheimer
The Central Florida Toys for Tots is run by the local US Marine Corp Reserves in Orlando. This organization is one of the largest toy give-a-way operations in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties. Almost every year there is a new location for the toy donations and pickup warehouse in Metro Orlando. Toys for Tots are meant for needy families who are currently struggling in the area. Certain restriction may apply. Check for complete rules and detail on Toys for Tots website.
Here is a brief history about Toys for tots. Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks. Information from Wikipedia.org
If you’re looking to receive free toys for your children please go online and fill out the registration form. Once the deadline has ended, no other registration will be accepted. It is recommended to register early. Plus, they’re certain documents, which must be submitted for approval to receive toys. There is a limited amount of families that can participate. The goal is too not let one child be left out of the holiday season by not receiving one toy. For more information on the registration process please visit orlando-fl.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/local-toy-request-single-form.aspx
Your toy donations are extremely needed to have a successful year for Toys for Tots. There are many toy drop-off sites around the Metro Orlando area. Please buy toys that range from 1-17 years old. Every year there is a shortage of ages 1-5 and 14-17 years of old. Money donations are also accepted on the Toys for Tots website.
WFTV Channel 9 along with 9 Family Connection helps promote this community service project. The Channel 9 Studios in Downtown Orlando is just one drop off site for your toy donations. Plus, they will have Santa Saturday event at the station for the last push for the toy drive. For the date on Santa Saturday event check on the WFTV website.
How does the US Marine Corp Reserves Toys for Tots operations work? It takes many US Marine Corp Reserve personnel along with volunteers’ to make it happen. Behind the scenes, the US Marine prepares each season with a new warehouse location, special events, and much more. When the toy donations start rolling in they are sorted at the warehouse. Then the USMC will determine how many toys can be given out to each family. Special toys such as bicycles, basketball hoops, power wheels, are given to random families. The families will pickup a bag of random of toys. The families will not get a chance to pick out what they want. This is done to ensure all families are treated equally. Once the warehouse closes, this community service project will conclude for this year.
Please help make a child smile on Christmas day when they receive a toy. This is what the holiday times are about. For more information please visit orlando-fl.toysfortots.org . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. Also, join to be one of our followers at otownfun on WordPress. For more great events, places, and articles, please visit us out at http://www.otownfun.com .
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Source of information: First hand experience and Toys for Tots website