First Lady’s Profile of Support to Toys for Tots
On November 23, the President & CEO of Marine Toys for Tots received a call from the White House with news that the First Lady had declared her support for the 2009 Toys for Tots Campaign and invited the President & CEO to join the First Lady for a media event to announce her support. On December 2, the First Lady and the President & CEO of Toys for Tots conducted a mass media event at the White House where Mrs Obama provided a briefing to the press corps on White House preparations for the holidays. In the course of her remarks, she noted that there were many service members deployed overseas who would be spending Christmas away from their families. In particular she noted that “Marines are not only serving our country in troubled spots around the world, but they are also making a difference in our own towns and cities by bringing hope to less fortunate children through the Marine Toys for Tots Program.” She then provided a wonderful description of the Toys for Tots Program to include its history, its goals, and the great success the program has enjoyed over the years. She further stated that the White House Staff was throwing its full support behind the Program and that she was going to orchestrate a massive toy collection drive within the White House. She concluded her remarks by stating that she planned to wrap-up her toy drive on 15 December and then personally deliver the toys to a warehouse facility used by the local Toys for Tots Campaign in the northern Virginia area.
The First Lady visited the local campaign warehouse in Stafford, Virginia on December 16, bringing with her a truck-load of toys collected from the White House Staff. Mrs. Obama assisted with the sorting of toys and also took the time to meet and thank the many Marines and volunteers that have made the northern Virginia campaign so successful over the years.
As Mrs. Obama departed the warehouse, she vowed she would be back in 2010. Not only did the First Lady return in 2010, she has been Toys for Tots
biggest supporter and volunteer every year since. In 2014 she brought along a “helper”, her husband, the President of the United States.
The President assisted the First Lady by delivering toys collected at the White House, speaking with the media, sorting toys with Marines and volunteers,
and thanking all who make the Marine Toys for Tots Program the great success that it is.