United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich meets with members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Foundation during a past Toys for Tots drive.

The United States Sports Academy and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Foundation are teaming up for the 15th year to help underprivileged children enjoy a memorable Christmas.

The Academy has long been a regional collection center for the Toys for Tots program in Baldwin County. Local residents may bring donations to the Academy each Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are not living in Baldwin County, visit the Toys for Tots website to find a drop location in your area and donate a new, unwrapped toy, or make a cash donation.

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 most wonderful thing to see are schoolchildren coming by bus to give gifts to other children,” said Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, the president, founder and CEO of the Academy, and a former U.S. Marine.

More than 400 million toys have been distributed to 188 million needy children since the inception of the Toys for Tots.