History of Toys for Tots

Toys For Tots

 

During the holiday season, many families look for ways that they can give back to their communities and help those in need. One program that has helped needy children for many years is Toys for Tots. The history of Toys for Tots dates back to 1947.

 

Beginnings

In 1947, Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks started a program that supported children in need after his wife wanted him to donate her handmade dolls somewhere and he couldn’t find a suitable organization. In that year alone, Major Hendricks and his reserve unit in L.A. distributed over 5,000 toys.

 

National Campaign

After that success, the Commandant directed all Marine Reserve Sites to start their own Toys for Tots programs. In 1948, it became a national campaign.

 

Growth

As his civilian job, Bill Hendricks was Director of Public Relations at Warner Brothers Studios. Through his connections with friends and celebrities, he was able to help Toys for Tots grow even more. Walt Disney even designed the first Toys for Tots poster, which was officially adopted as the logo.

 

Make A Difference

Each year, on average, the Toys for Tots program gives out 18 million toys to 7 million children in need. If you want to support Toys for Tots, you can make a monetary donation online or drop off new toys at a drop-off location.

 

Here at H&H Chevrolet, we’re so happy that people are doing all they can to make Christmas bright for everyone in Shippensburg.