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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Toys for Tots distributes toys early due to wildfires

Posted @ 5:11 PM

The San Diego chapter of the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is participating in the relief effort for the victims of the Southern California wildfires.

Marine Reserves delivered a truck load of new, unwrapped toys to the evacuation center at Qualcomm Stadium on Wednesday.

“Our hearts go out to the victims of the fires and especially to the children who have been affected. If one toy can bring some sense of relief to a displaced child, then we have accomplished the mission of the Toys for Tots program,” Toys for Tots coordinator Sergeant Patrick Russ said.

“The Marine Reserve Toys for Tots program stands ready to provide assistance as necessary and are able to accept new unwrapped toys for distribution.”

The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is a nonprofit charity which collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes them to needy children in the community as Christmas presents. The toys are collected by Reserve Marines at various community fundraisers and civic functions, sorted according to age and gender, and then distributed to local social and welfare agencies, churches and civic organizations.

In 2006, the Toys for Tots program in the San Diego area collected 171,125 toys reaching more than 49,000 children.

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