To the Editor and Community:
2015 is the 68th Anniversary of the Marine Corps National Toys for Tots Program and the 35th consecutive year for the local program sponsored by the West Central Illinois Leathernecks Marine Corps League Detachment #1177 and the Jacksonville Area Marines. Toys for Tots is a nationwide program aimed at giving less fortunate children a happier Christmas.
The West Central Illinois Marine Corps League #1177 and the Jacksonville Area Marines have built the Program into a well known, highly professional all volunteer organization.
We appreciate the Community support of both donations of toys that go directly to the benefit of local children and the money received which stays in our community.
As in the past years many local former-Marines give much of their spare time during the Christmas Season. Through last year’s contributions over 1100 less fortunate children ages 2 through 16 came to the annual party and met with Santa. Children received gifts, coloring books, crayons, candy, fruit and stocking stuffers. This year with additional needs we anticipate serving more children. The annual children’s party will be held Saturday, December 12, at the Jacksonville American Legion Post 279 from 9-11 a.m.
We collect only new toys and with your help we will have another successful year. Look for the Toys For Tots toy collection boxes in many area businesses.
Please remember the joys of Christmas and send your generous donation to:
TOYS FOR TOTS, P.O. BOX 381, JACKSONVILLE, IL 62651
All donations are now held and distributed by the Toys for Tots Foundation. Donations are deposited and credited to our local account. The Foundation does not utilize any of the locally collected funds. Corporate Sponsors help the Foundation provide local Units with posters, advertising materials, cases of new toys, and other materials. If you have any questions or suggestions, please call or send us your concerns. Please visit our web site; www.toysfortots.org; sponsored by the Toys for Tots Foundation for even more information.
Tim Ritzo-Coordinator Jacksonville Area Marines-Toys for Tots Program
West Central Illinois Leathernecks Marine Corps League #1177