If you bring an unwrapped new toy in support of Toys for Tots to a participating Smoothie King, you can get a free small Smoothie!
There’s no doubt you’ve heard of Toys for Tots but you may not know its origins. In 1947, Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR founded Toys for Tots in Los Angeles, California. That year, 5,000 toys were collected during a campaign before Christmas 1947. The first toy was a handmade doll.
The next year, the United States Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots, and expanded it into a nationwide community action project as the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Program. Marines at each Reserve Center throughout the nation conducted toy collection and distribution campaigns in the communities surrounding the center.
Walt Disney designed the now famous Toys for Tots train logo and created the first national Toys for Tots poster.
Toys for Tots has had some landmark years:
1990–First national television network promotion for Toys for Tots. “Wheel of Fortune”, and Pizza Hut conducted a three week promotion of Toys for Tots that raised nearly $3,000,000. It set several records that are recorded in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for participation and donations made to a call in promotion. Marine Corps Reserve units collected and distributed over 7.9 million toys. Marine Reserves are mobilized for Desert Shield/Storm, but Toys for Tots goes on.
1999–Marines and volunteers in 342 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the American Samoa collected and distributed over 13.7 million toys to over 5.9 million needy children. This was the most extensive nationwide coverage in the 52 year history of Toys for Tots. The 1999 campaign surpassed all previous records for collecting toys and for helping needy children experience the joy of Christmas. The Foundation supplemented local toy collections with an impressive 7,500,000 toys.
Toys for Tots continues with the help of your donation, so visit your local Smoothie King today and drop off a new toy for a child in need.