* 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