FORT WORTH - The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.
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FOX 4 will be at the following locations:
- Friday, December 4 - Rockwall (The Harbor) 4pm - 10pm
- Saturday, December 5 – The Colony (Nebraska Furniture Mart) 11am-2pm
- Monday, December 7 - Garland (Firewheel Town Center) 4pm - 10pm
- Tuesday, December 8 - Fort Worth (Sundance Square) 4pm - 10pm
- Wednesday, December 9 - Mansfield (MISD Center for the Performing Arts) 4pm - 10pm
- Thursday, December 10 - Allen (Allen Event Center) 4pm - 10pm
- Friday, December 11 - Frisco (Dr Pepper Ballpark) 4pm - 10pm
- Saturday, December 12 - Mesquite (McDonalds) 7am - 9am
Toys for tots Began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The idea came form Bill’s wife, Diane. In the fall of 1947, Diane crafted a homemade doll and asked Bill to deliver the doll to an organization, which would give it to a needy child at Christmas. When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one. He did. The 1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign. That year, Marine Corps Reserve units across the nation conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in each community in which a Marine Reserve Center was located. Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948.