Each year, Keller Williams Realty participates in the Toys for Tots campaign. We collect donations of unwrapped toys and deliver them to our local Marine Forces Reserve unit. Members of the Reserve unit take these toys and delivers them to needy children in their communities.
Toys for Tots is a charity organization that takes donations of toys and money to provide a wonderful, magical Christmas to needy children. The organization was founded by Major Bill Hendricks of the U.S. Marine Corps in 1947. Since then, 512 million toys have been distributed to 237 million less fortunate children throughout the nation. Each year, the program takes place in 782 communities covering all 50 states. Their goal, as stated on the Toys for Tots website, is
“to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.”
Toys for Tots also has a Literary Program focused on bringing “the gift of reading” to needy children in the U.S. With the help of the USPS Stores, the foundation has been able to raise $319,000 to purchase books for children. With the help of donations, the foundation has been able to distribute 3.02 million books to less fortunate children and schools in impoverished neighborhoods all over the country.
The Toys for Tots Foundation has received, and continues to receive, many accolades over the years: a four-star rating, a ranking of #341 in the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “Philanthropy-400,” named Outstanding Nonprofit Organization of the year in 2003 by the DMA Nonprofit Federation, #9 in the “Top 100 Toy Websites” by Starburst, the title of “America’s Best Children’s Charity,” and a spot in Forbes’ “Gold star List” of charities.
If you’re interested in donating a toy, please drop it off at our Millville location at 905 W Main St., Millville, NJ. If you would like more information on the program, please give us a call at (856) 825-8500.
Thank you so much for your help!!