Marine Toys for Tots is the Nation’s flagship children’s Christmastime charity, but the Program offers more than holiday hope. Marine Toys for Tots has expanded its reach to help families in need throughout the year, and its support has been more valuable than ever as many families struggle with inflation and continue to experience challenging circumstances.
Marine Toys for Tots is conducting their third annual Christmas in July event — part of the organization’s ‘DoGoodNow’ initiative to bring educational toys, books, and games to children in need — no matter what time of year they need a helping hand.
The generosity of the American public allows Marine Toys for Tots to provide these gifts to children in need across the United States, as well as refill “Santa’s bag of toys” in preparation for what will likely be another busy holiday season.
“We didn’t want to wait until the holidays to support families in need, so with help from our distribution partners at Good360, we are delivering another one million educational toys, books, and games throughout the spring and summer,” says LtGen Jim Laster, USMC (Retired), President & CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
“Thanks to the generosity of the American public, we’re able to provide these gifts to children whose families are struggling to make ends meet. The primary goal of our Christmas in July campaign is to restock our inventory of toys, and we could use everyone’s help in preparing for a busy holiday season,” he emphasizes.
“Donations made through our Christmas in July campaign will make an amazing difference for an underprivileged child.”
The support and generosity of the American public makes an extraordinary impact on the lives of children in need. Earlier this summer, Agape Distribution, a local charity in Sidney, Ohio, hosted a distribution event for the families living in the area to receive the toys and gifts provided by Marine Toys for Tots. A total of 1,600 toys were distributed to 553 children whose families have been hit extremely hard due to the downturn of the local economy.
The DoGoodNow initiative will continue to positively impact children in need in communities that face ongoing hardships because of the current economic situation. The emotional support offered to these communities is made possible by the kindness and generosity of Marine Toys for Tots supporters whose donations make a real and genuine difference to families in need.
Visit toysfortots.org/ChristmasinJuly for more details or to make a donation. Be sure to follow Marine Toys for Tots on Facebook and Instagram to see how Toys for Tots is continuing to DoGoodNow and deliver a Summer of Smiles!