WBAY-TV is proud to again help the US Marine Corps carry on a decades-long tradition, Toys for Tots.
Help make sure children have a gift to open this Christmas. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a boy or girl, infant to teen, to one of these many locations. If you know of a drop-off site or donation event that isn’t listed here, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll confirm it and post it here.
- December 3: Titletown Jeepers 2nd annual Toys for Tots Ride, Donald J. Schneider Stadium, St. Norbert College, De Pere. Details at https://www.facebook.com/groups/949464335100293/
- December 3: Festival of Lights tree-lighting ceremony at Lambeau Field
- December 4: Packers-Texans game, Lambeau Field
- December 10: 101 WIXX-Shopko Bay Park Square toy matching. Shopko at Bay Park Square Mall will MATCH every toy bought and donated between 1 and 3:30 p.m.
- December 11: Santa and Live Nativity with petting zoo at Lakeshore Manor in Oshkosh, 1-3 p.m. Admission is one toy per family.
- December 11: Bowling fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Super Bowl, 2222 E. Northland Ave., Appleton, plus bucket raffle, silent auction and 50/50 raffle from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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Each year the holidays are made brighter for children in our communities, with the support of volunteers and the generosity of thousands in Northeast Wisconsin.
The toys donated are distributed to children throughout Northeast Wisconsin…not just a gift under the tree…but a message of hope…motivation to grow into responsible citizens and community leaders. Now, more than ever the Toys for Tots program needs your support. Together, we can make a difference in the life of a child.
WBAY-TV, 101 WIXX, Home Builders Association of the Fox Cities and the Salvation Army are proud to support the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.
How Toys for Tots began
In 1947, the wife of a U.S. Marine Corps reservist handcrafted a doll and asked her husband to take it to an organization that would give it to a needy child for Christmas. Major (later Colonel) Bill Hendricks couldn’t find one, so at his wife’s urging and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles started one. It was so successful, the Marine Corps adopted it in 1948 and it spread to Marine Corps Reserve units nationwide and received publicity from Hollywood celebrities (it didn’t hurt that Hendricks’s weekday job was head of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio).
In 1948, animator Walt Disney designed the Toys for Tots logo still in use today.
Starting in 1980, Toys for Tots began accepting only new toys. Three things precipitated this move: 1) Changes in defense that required more training for Marine Reservists, so they had less time to refurbish used toys; 2) Growing public awareness of safety and health issues with older toys; 3) A feeling that giving hand-me-down toys didn’t give underprivileged children the message Marines wanted to send them on Christmas Day.
In 1991, acting on U.S. Secretary of Defense authorization, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was created to be the fund-raising and support arm of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.
In 1995, the Secretary of Defense declared toys for Tots an official activity of the Marine Corps and official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve.
In 2014 and 2015, Toys for Tots had a 97:3 program to support ratio.
Toys for Tots has been named Readers Digest’s “Best Children’s Charity”; met all 20 standards for the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance; and for years has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating, four stars, for its sound fiscal management.
Source: Toys for Tots Foundation