The Christmas tree in the Academy’s Main Lobby overflowed with donations for the Toys for Tots campaign in 2009.
The United States Sports Academy and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Foundation are teaming up for the 16th consecutive year to help underprivileged children in Mobile and Baldwin Counties enjoy a memorable Christmas.
Long considered the region’s largest collection center for the Toys for Tots program, local residents may bring donations to the Academy from 1 November – 10 December each Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Academy encourages individuals, schools, clubs, associations, and businesses in the area to drop off their new, unwrapped toys to help assist those who need it most this time of year.
The primary goal of the Toys for Tots program is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
Since the inception of Toys for Tots, more than 400 million toys have been distributed to more than 188 million needy children.
The Toys for Tots program was founded in 1947 by Marine Corps Maj. William L. Hendricks, when Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles first collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The following year, the Marine Corps Reserve adopted the concept and made it a national endeavor.
If you do not live in Baldwin or Mobile Counties, visit the Toys for Tots website to find a drop location in your area or to make a cash donation.