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Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

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Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

The United States Marine Corps Reserves has once again organized its program Toys for Tots for this Holiday Season.

According to Staff Sergeant, Chawa Pearson, the Toys for Tots Coordinator said the collection station at the South Plains Mall began on November and will remain until December 19th.

Pearson said the Marines are doing everything they can to bring a smile to less fortunate kids across the nation and in the South Plains.

The Toys For Tots Program began in 1947, providing new toys for underprivileged children. The Lubbock Marine Corps have been supporting this program since then and will continue to do so with the help of the community.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation has a website through which people can donate in order to give an unforgettable Christmas to less fortunate in the nation.

The Foundation’s goal is to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate children that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens through a new toy in Christmas.

Pearson said the Marines will be involved as much as possible with the community for this noble cause.

“They go to Christmas parties, local Christmas parties, like business will have Christmas parties and they’ll ask for a marines presence in their blues,” Pearson said. “There’s always a marine at the mall. There’s always a marine at Toys R Us.”

According to Pearson, due to the current economic strains, Toys for Tots expects to have an increase of 1,000 children requesting toys.

“With the economy we’re supporting more kids,” Pearson said.

Pearson said the program uses an integrity policy. He said any family who applies with proper financial documentation will receive a toy.

The collection center is located at the South Plains Mall across Dillards and will be there through December 19th.

Toys will be delivered on December 22nd and 23rd.

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