Christmas is a day filled with wonder and magic and celebrating the unbreakable bonds of family. For a child, nothing compares to Christmas morning, rushing to see what Santa left for you under the tree. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is on a mission to ensure that all children get to feel the magic of Christmas no matter their socioeconomic background. In 2021, we celebrated 74 years of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation! The Program was created in 1947 when Major William Hendricks, USMCR, the Director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio, assisted by members of his Marine Reserve Unit, collected 5,000 toys and distributed them to war orphans and other less fortunate children in Los Angeles, California.
In the spirit of giving, every Marine Corps commander directed their units to do the same across the country after witnessing Major Hendricks’ unit’s impact. Since its inaugural year, the Toys for Tots Foundation has grown to include 830 communities in all 50 states.
The mission of the Toys for Tots Foundation is a simple one, but it carries the capacity for huge influence. Yes, Toys for Tots’ main goal is to spread the joy of Christmas to less fortunate children. However, the mission can be boiled down into one word. Hope. The message of hope can inspire children to look beyond their current circumstances and believe that they can become thriving members of their communities.
Along with their mission of hope, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation reaches beyond the joy of Christmas morning. The Toys for Tots Literacy Program aspires to provide resources to America’s most economically disadvantaged children so that they can compete academically and improve their ability to read and communicate effectively. When a child can improve their confidence, they are more likely to succeed in school and beyond.
In 2021, we proudly partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. We designed an intricately ornate, limited-edition snowflake ornament that gave back to children in need. In 2021, 10% of net sales of the Holiday Snowflake Ornament benefited the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation.
The snowflake design was chosen as a reminder that, like a snowflake, you are one-of-a-kind. There is no one else like you, and that is truly a thing of wonder. In a state between water and ice, the snowflake is a unique phenomenon in nature. Never forget that your kind heart makes you a phenomenon with celebrating too.
Make sure to start your holiday shopping early this year so that you can cross everyone off your list and cherish every moment of the season.
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