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By Renee Summers
Telegram Reporter 

Toys for Tots Celebrating 75 Years of Christmas Joy


December 8, 2022

Thanks to generous communities, Toys for Tots has been bringing Christmas joy to needy children by way of a new toy for 75 years.

As holiday time draws near, you've likely seen one of those large collection boxes positioned at local business and government office by Toys for Tots. The Toys for Tots Program began in 1947 when Maj. Bill Hendricks, USMCR, collected and distributed 5.000 toys to less fortunate children in Los Angeles, California. The United States Marine Corps adopted the program the following year and expanded it into a nationwide community action program. New toys are donated by community members and distributed by Toys for Tots. By the 1970s the program was collecting and distributing an average of...

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