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How to Donate to Toys For Tots Year Round
Donating to Toys for Tots
Most people think that they can only donate to Toys for Tots during the holiday season. However, this isn't true. There are a variety of ways you can donate throughout the year.
Although I donate to charity each month on another writing site I'm on, I always do additional donating during the holidays.
Many times it's through the local schools or other local organizations, but one thing I always do each holiday season is to donate through this organization.
No, we're not rich, but I can't imagine a child celebrating Christmas, without having the joy of opening a gift. I've been giving to charities during the holidays since I was a child and this has never changed.
I was quite happy to hear that there are different ways to help out this wonderful program any time during the year.
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Brief History of Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots is sponsored through the United States Marine Corps. It began in 1947 due to the efforts of Major Bill Hendricks who decided to go along with his wife's idea to donate a handmade Raggedy Ann doll to charity.
Since that time, things exploded with the program working with all of the 50 states and territories such as the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Millions of toys are donated each year with millions of children receiving a gift for the holidays.
Have an old vehicle taking up space that you no longer need? Whether it runs or not, you can donate it for free. Simply call 1-877-999-8322.
Not only are you helping out the kids, you get a tax donation as well. I have donated a vehicle to charity in the past as it's quite simple to do.
Marine Corp. Toys for Tots Promo
If by chance you sell items online, you can sell them on eBay and donate a portion of your earnings to Toys for Tots. eBay has it set up where you can donate 10%-100% of your final sale to the foundation.
Remember, items don't have to be new to sell on eBay. Check to see if you have anything around the house you no longer use and you can sell it and help out the kids, while picking up some money for yourself.
Have you ever sold anything online before?
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Native American Toys for Tots
Over thirty year ago, Toys for Tots began the Navajo Toys for Tots Program which benefited the underprivileged children living on the Navajo reservation. The program expanded and began to include other Native American tribes including the Hopi, Duckwater Shoshone, and San Carlos Apache, to name a few.
Because of the addition of these other tribes, the name of the program was changed in 1997 to Native American Toys for Tots. Not only do they deliver toys for Christmas, they also donate books to help with the literacy program.
The children participating in this program are ones living in poverty level, some without basic plumbing needs. I don't know if you have ever visited a reservation before, but I have once and the lifestyle there was way different than how most Americans live.
Part of the Navajo Nation Location
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You can give the gift of a donation to a loved one or friend. There is no minimum amount.
However, the suggested donation is $15.00 and with that amount, a free email or greeting card will be sent to the person you have given the donation for.
Ideas include Christmas, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, Mother's or Father's Day or any other gift giving occasion. This can be done directly on the Toys for Tots website and if you opt for the $15.00 and would like to have a card sent, you can pick your choice of card.
Donating Money to Charity
Money Donations to Toys for Tots
Of course, monetary donations are always appreciated. It's as easy as sending in a check. I prefer this way as I have been a victim of internet fraud before and it was really difficult to deal with.
However, if you feel your bank card is secure, you can easily donate with it. Just go to their website and follow their directions. It's quick and easy to do.
Monetary donations can be made at any time of the year. They do so much to help children. I have donated since I was a kid and I can tell you how good it feels to help a child.
Many kids would not have a Christmas if it wasn't for this wonderful organization. As mentioned above, Toys for Tots also helps kids with their literacy program.
Toys for Toys for Tots
If it's during the holiday season, a donated toy is always welcomed. Toys can be donated from about mid-October through the beginning of December.
Many store locations will provide boxes at their stores where you can purchase a toy and then drop it off at a box provided by them.
These stores will have vehicles pick up the toys from Toys for Tots and then distribute them to needy children.
Should you be a retailer, all you need to do is to set up a box at your store and let your customers do the rest. You'll still get the sale, but the needy children will receive a Christmas gift in return. Everyone benefits!
Are you a part of a school? Set up a box in the main office for kids to bring in a toy. You might even suggest to the school to have contests as to which classroom can bring in the most toys.
Should you be planning a holiday party, ask your guests to bring a toy. They don't need to spend a lot. I recently purchased some at one of those dollar type stores.
It's easy and cheap to pick up jigsaw puzzles, coloring books, crayons and more. At the store near me, they had some Dominos sets for only $1.00. I was able to purchase several items, without spending too much.
If you have a child who received a new toy as a gift and he or she doesn't want it, why not hold on to it until Christmas and then donate it?
Do keep in mind that there has to be enough time for the foundation to collect the toys and distribute them, so you will need an early December cut off date. I suggest sometime during the first week of December.
Need a Toy?
Should you be in need of toys, you can go to the Toys for Tots website and request a toy. It will ask for your state and country, then direct you to the individual in your county that can help you.
When you go to pick up the toys, just be sure to have a valid ID and a current bill with your name on it.
This is to be sure you are properly identified. Then, you won't have to worry that your child won't get anything for Christmas.
Toddler at Christmas
Donate to Toys for Tots
As you see, there are many ways to donate to this wonderful organization and know you are helping a child to have gifts for Christmas that otherwise wouldn't be able to.
Being that it's run by the Marines, you know it's an organization you can trust. I know how special Christmas is to my kids and I'm glad that there is a place so willing to help kids during the holidays and year round.