JH Toys for Tots Donation

The TMP-Marian Junior High Student Council, in conjunction with the Marine Crops Reserve, collected new toys to be distributed to children in the area. The hope is to make a child’s Christmas a little brighter and provide a gift for many children who would not get one otherwise.  The students filled three boxes to the brim with toys.  Mrs. Brull made a deal with the JH students that if they made their goal, she would bake brownies for all of them as part of their Christmas Bash celebration.  It appears Mrs. Brull will be doing some baking!!

The Marine Toys for Tots Program has been delivering a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters since 1947. In fact, 548 million toys have been distributed to date with 251 million children that have been supported.  Toys for Tots began as a Los Angeles charitable effort in 1947.  Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR, was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child, but couldn’t find any organization to do so.  After seeing the need, Hendricks coordinated and collected some 5,000 toys for local children that year, from collection bins placed outside Warner Bros. movie theaters.

Their efforts were so successful that, in 1948, Toys for Tots was launched as a national campaign.  Hendricks used his position as director of Public Relations for Warner Bros. Studios to enlist celebrity support, as well as, have Walt Disney Studios design the red toy train logo.  A theme song for the program was written in 1956 and would be recorded by Nat King Cole, among many others.