COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - You can make a difference in the life of a needy child in southern Colorado.
KRDO NewsChannel 13 is partnering with Toys for Tots and American Furniture Warehouse once again this year.
Santa's Toy Drive runs from November 29, 2013 through December 20, 2013. Our big push for donations is happening on Friday, December 13, 2013.
From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again from Noon to 1 p.m., KRDO NewsRadio's Mike Lewis will be broadcasting live from the American Furniture Warehouse store in Colorado Springs.
Other members of the KRDO team will be there from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. giving away great prizes such as movie passes, Coffee from Kangaroo Coffee and food from Chick-Fil-A while supplies last.
***The Need for toys is greater this year. They only have about 50% of the toys they had at this time last year.***
If you can't make it out to AFW Friday morning, you can still drop off donations during regular business hours at the following locations through December 20.
|Santa's Toy Drive collection locations|
|KRDO NewsChannel 13|
399 S. 8th Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
|American Furniture Warehouse|
2805 Chestnut Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
|American Furniture Warehouse|
4711 Dillon Drive
Pueblo, CO 81008
Toys for Tots Information:
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.
The principal Toys for Tots activity which takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located. In communities without a Reserve Unit, the campaign can be conducted by a Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally veteran Marines, authorized by Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations.
How Toys for Tots Works
The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is directed by the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, with the assistance of his staff, from the Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity, is the authorized fundraising and support organization for the Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation provides the funding and support needed for successful annual toy collection and distribution campaigns. The Foundation staff is headquartered in the Cooper Center located just outside the main gate of Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, about 35 miles south of Washington, DC.
Local campaigns are conducted annually in over 700 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Commander, Marine Forces Reserve has under his command 163 Reserve Units located in 47 states. To cover all 50 states and more communities in each state, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation selects Marine Corps League Detachments and Local Community Organizations (generally veteran Marines) located in communities without a Marine Reserve Center, to conduct Toys for Tots campaigns as part of the overall U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.
One individual, either a Marine, member of a Marine Corps League Detachment, or member of a local community organization, is designated the Toys for Tots Coordinator for that community. The Coordinator is responsible for planning, organizing and conducting the campaign in his/her community.
Local toy collection campaigns begin in October and last until mid to late December. Toy distribution also takes place mid to late December. Members of the community drop new, unwrapped toys in collection boxes positioned in local businesses. Coordinators pick up these toys and store them in central warehouses where the toys are sorted by age and gender. At Christmas, Coordinators, with the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies, distribute the toys to the less fortunate children of the community. Over the years, Marines have established close working relationships with social welfare agencies, churches and other local community agencies which are well qualified to identify the needy children in the community and play important roles in the distribution of the toys.
While Toys for Tots Coordinators organize, coordinate and manage the campaign, the ultimate success depends on the support of the local community and the generosity of the people who donate toys.
Local business leaders play key roles. They allow Coordinators to locate drop-off/collection boxes in their stores; provide free warehouse space for storing and sorting toys during October, November and December; provide vehicles to collect toys from drop-off sites; sponsor toy raising events; and help Coordinators arrange media exposure for Toys for Tots in the local community.
National corporations support Toys for Tots by establishing affiliations with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. These corporations make donations to the Foundation or conduct cause marketing initiatives from which they share royalties with the Foundation. In almost every instance, the marketing initiatives of these corporations give significant added visibility and name recognition to Toys for Tots. Such visibility enhances the campaign at the national and local levels. The funds emanating from these affiliations enable the Foundation to purchase toys to supplement local collections; purchase promotion and support materials and defray the costs of annual Toys for Tots campaigns.
Elements of Toys for Tots
- United States Marine Corps
- Marine Forces Reserve*
- Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
- Marine Corps League Detachments**
- Local Community Organizations***
* Marine Forces Reserve consists of 34,000 Marine Reservists, 2,000 Active Marine Reservists and 4,000 Regular Marines for a total of 40,000. Typically, 15 to 20% of the forces are involved in annual Toys for Tots campaigns.
** The Marine Corps League (MCL) is a veteran's organization of men and women who have served in the U.S. Marine Corps. There are 1,100 MCL Detachments located throughout the nation. The MCL has 76,000 members. A Detachment typically has about 65 members.
*** Local Community Organizations (LCOs) are created in communities which do not have a Marine Reserve Center or a Marine Corps League Detachment. LCOs are typically composed of veteran Marines and other socially conscious members of the community.
Q: What ages are supported by Toys for Tots?
Most campaign sites are able to assist children up to age 12, but in many local communities, local support is such that the age limit may be extended to 14-16.
Q: Is there a list of toys available to guide me with my donation?
Toys for Tots does not publish a list of appropriate toys to donate. If such a list were created, most would follow it, resulting in a limited selection of items to distribute in each community. We would rather our donors consider what might be an appropriate gift for their own child/relative, purchase the item, and donate to Toys for Tots.
Q: Pre-teen/teens are groups for which shopping is especially difficult. Do you have any ideas?
The Foundation does purchase supplemental toys/gifts for our campaign sites and focuses on these age groups. In the past, items purchased for these groups have included, but are not limited to: sporting equipment/bags/balls; books, backpacks, cosmetics, purses, watch/wallet gift sets, bath gift sets, board games, radio control cars/trucks, hand-held electronics, skateboards/helmets, curling irons, hair straighteners, and hair dryers.
Q: Are there toys/gifts that are not accepted/distributed?
Toys for Tots prefers not to accept realistic looking weapons and gifts with food. If donated, such items will NOT be distributed.
Q: How can I obtain toys for my children or for someone else?
Proceed through the following four (4) step process and determine the procedure.
Q: How can I become a Toys for Tots volunteer?
Proceed through the following three (3) step process and determine the procedure.
Q: How can I make a cash donation to Toys for Tots?
To donate by credit card, proceed through the following two (2) step process.
To donate by check, accomplish the following:
Mail your check to:
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
Make check payable to: Marine Toys for Tots Foundation