Toys for Tots – What Activities Does it Include?

toysfortotsbaltimore-03Hey there, for this article, I’d like to talk to you about something very important and that is helping others. In particular, helping those unfortunate children in your community to celebrate at least a little happier Christmas. Here, I would like to talk to you about a very nice program and a foundation called “Toys for Tots”. Now, for those of you that have not heard of it, this is a foundation that every year, for three month before Christmas, in October, November and December, organizes the collection and distribution of new toys that are given to the needy children in the community that has been chosen for that year’s local campaign. The foundation started back in the 1991 and, until this day, it has managed to collect more than 70 million toys that are distributed to the children every Christmas in the year. The whole foundation is actually the birth child of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, which doing this, also aims to help the comity to be more supportive and closer together.

If you allow me, I would like to tell you a word or two about the different activities that the Toys for Tots foundation engages in. These can be divided in two different categories: Program and Support Services. So, let’s have a look at both of them.

Program Services include to already mentioned Toys collection and distribution, that has the idea of collecting and delivering different toys to the local coordinators of this program and also to provide assistance to them when it comes to making sure that as many toys are collected as possible. Another part of the Program Services is the Support of local Toys for Tots coordinators, which includes creating, publication and manufacturer of different promotional materials to the local coordinators. Finally, there is also the education. This doesn’t mean education as in what you get i school, but educating the whole community in how it can be better by helping someone.

toysfortotsbaltimore-02Support Services include Fund Raising for one. Every year, the Foundation opens a number of projects that aim to raise funds in order to help the children in the community. The projects are often supported by big national sponsors, but a large part of it includes golf tournaments and direct mail campaigns ans well as donations via Internet and affinity cards. The other part of Support Services include General and Management activities. These include a whole array of different management activities that are all quite necessary in order for the campaigns to be successful and that the organization is both efficient and effective. Also, they serve to make sure that the foundation operates in accordance to the federal and state laws as well as the standards of charity.

Well, that was all I had to tell you about the activities in which the Toys for Tots foundation is included. The only thing left is to invite you to join one of their next campaign as one of the thousands of volunteers.

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