Monday, December 9, 2013

Real Christmas Joy Is a Child's Smiling Face

Every year I'm reminded of the true gift of the Christmas season when I see my children smile.  It's a magical time of year when wishes and dreams come true.  These are my little angels and I've been blessed beyond belief.  Christmas to me is all about children and it's hard not to think about the children that will be waiting for Santa to come when families have fallen upon hard times.

There's one organization that brings smiles to these little dreamers and I hope you'll consider them this year when you open your heart. Toys For Tots.  Why do I ask for your support?  Years ago, before I met the second love of my life I'd fallen on such hard times.  I was the single mother who wondered how she was going to keep the Christmas dream alive when I was doing the best I could to keep food on the table.

Toys For Tots gave my children the magic of Christmas that year and it still brings tears to my eyes to remember that gift.  So while you're enjoying all the blessings that life has given to you, I hope you'll remember those that are struggling and bring the Christmas Miracle into the little hearts that need to be reminded of the good things in life.

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.

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