The Marine Toys for Tots Program is more than a Christmastime charity. The Program realizes that need extends far beyond the holiday season and recognizes the importance of reminding children that there is still joy to be found in simple gifts every day. Toys for Tots stands ready to send a year-round message of hope to our Nation’s children in need and their families.
The Tucson Police Department hosted a large-scale toy distribution event made possible by the gifts that were provided by Toys for Tots.
The distribution event provided over 20,000 toys, book, and games to over 12,000 children! The families and children were elated to receive these gifts, and joy and hope were seen throughout the day from the families receiving the gifts and the volunteers distributing them.
The success of the event was made possible by the support of 420 volunteers from local organizations, Marines, a Navy Corpsman, 140 Tucson Police Officers, and 28 Police Cadets currently attending the Police Academy. The President & CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, LtGen Jim Laster, USMC (Retired) also joined in on the “boots on the ground” efforts by distributing toys for over six hours.
Partnering with agencies that are familiar with the challenges the local area faces is instrumental in helping Marine Toys for Tots carry out its mission in communities across the Nation. The distribution event not only provided gifts to families and children who have fallen upon difficult times, but the gifts also brought joy—and reminded the families that Marine Toys for Tots is committed to providing hope whenever it’s needed the most.