Toys for Tots
Tehama County Toys for Tots program is under the superb leadership of coordinator Michele Sousa.
An American Holiday Tradition
Christmas is a time of joy Happiness, and goodwill. It is a time of giving and helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves, especially impoverished children. Forever half a century, one organization - the U.S. Marine Corps - is the unchallenged leader in looking after America's needy children at Christmas.
In 1947, Major bill Hendricks - with the support of members of his loss Angeles Marine Corps Reserve unit - collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. Bill's program was so successful that in 1948, the Marine Corps adopted it and expanded it nationwide as the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program. in the intervening years, Marines have conducted successful Toys for Tots Campaigns each year, collecting and distributing nearly 435,000,000 toys.
The program has enjoyed the support of an array of notable Americans. Walt Disney designed the logo. Nat "King" Cole and Peggy Lee recorded the Toys for Tots song. Bob Hope, John Wayne,Brook Shields, Johnny Carson, Garth Brooks , Tim Allen, Kenny Rogers, and Billy Ray Cyrus are but a few of the long list of celebrities who have used their time and talent to promote Toys for Tots. First lady Barbara Bush served as the honorary national chairperson in 1992, and in her autobiography named Toys for Tots as one of her favorite Charities.
Today, Toys for Tots is the Marine Corps premier community action program. To many Americans, Christmas isn't complete without the image of uniformed Marines collecting and distributing toys to needy children of their communities. Over the past 10 years, Marines have distributed an average of over 15,000,000 toys annually, and brought the joy of Christmas to an average of more than 6,400,000 less fortunate children each year.
How Toys for Tots works
Tehama Detachment 1140, of the Marine Corps League, has been authorized by the Marine Corps Toys For Tots Foundation, to be the Local Community Organization (LCO), and administer the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program for Tehama County, California.
The mission of Tehama Detachment 1140, Marine Corps League is to collect new, unwrapped toys during the year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in Tehama County.
The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy atChristmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and to play an active role in the development of one of our County’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause each year , especially , but not restricted to, the main, annual toy collection and distribution campaign in October, November and December. During October, November and December very recognizable Toys For Tots Boxes/Barrels are placed in many business establishments throughout the county as toy collection points.
In 2011, the Detachments’ first year as the LCO for Tehama County,was able to collect and distribute over 1,800 gifts to 545 deserving children throughout the County. We were able to accomplish this only through the generosity and support of an involved community and its merchants. We do realized that as successful as last years campaign was, we are acutely aware that we have only scratched the surface in reaching out to not to deserving children still in need, but also recognizing that community participation and involvement is essential.
Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races, car washes and other voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations. It is important at this point, to emphasize, that all donations, both monetary and toys, collected in Tehama County, remain in Tehama County.
In addition to toy and monetary support, we are in need of volunteer support. Without volunteer support to pickup, sort, and inventory, develop and implement toy drives our Detachment cannot accomplish its mission.
In 2011 without volunteer help from private citizens, from members of all the military services, law enforcement, business members and young peoples groups, 545 children in Tehama County might not have had a Christmas. Detachment 1140 is the vehicle that gives the Toys For Tots Program direction, but it’s the community that gives it the heart and soul and purpose.
How You Can Help
· Donate a new, unwrapped toy to your local Toys for Tots Campaign
· Donate your time to help the local Toys for Tots campaign.
· Donate service support to local Toys for Tots campaigns
Collection receptacles at your business
Media exposure or
Make a tax deductible donation (check of money order) to:
Toys For Tots Tehama County
859 Washington St. PMB 327
Red Bluff, CA 96080
or by secure donation on our website:
or by phone: 530-209-1417
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
The Marine Toys for tots foundation, an IRS reconized 501 (c)(3) tax exempt not for profit charity, is the authorized fund raising and support organization for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The foundation provides support to Marine Corps Reserve Units, Marine Corps League Detachments, and approved local community organizations in accordance with a memorrandum of understanding with the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, who directs the Toys for Tots Program from his headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The mission of the Foundation is to assist the U.S. Marine Corps in providing a tangibal sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. The focus of this assistance is supporting the U.S. Marine corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. This support includes raising funds to provide toys to supplement the collections of local Toys for Tots coordinators; defraying the cost of conducting annual Toys for Tots campaigns; providing administrative, advisory, financial, logistic, and promotional support to local coordinators; providing other support the Marine Corps, as a federal agency, cannot provide; and conducting public education and information programs which call the general public to action in support of Toys for Tots.