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Marine Toys for Tots Drive Accelerates

By: Brandon Arakaki

Date Posted: 1999-11-19

For the past three weeks or so, the Marine Corps Reserve has been holding its annual Toys for Tots program, a charity endeavor that provides new, unwrapped toys for children of needy families. The Toys for Tots project is said to bring joy and relief during the end of year holidays, particularly around Christmas time, to many children in orphanages and families which cannot afford to buy enough comforting playthings.

The Marine Corps Reserve first launched the drive in 1947. Since then, it has grown to embrace children of whole communities and of all nationalities. This year will mark the eighth annual Toys for Tots in Okinawa. In the past three years, the Marine Corps charity assembled more than 10.000 toys that were distributed to children all over the island.

Several private organizations are expected to organize their own campaigns to raise money or gather toys for the program, which the Marines hope will bring about 2,500 toys before December 15th. According to information provided recently by Marine Correspondent Pfc. Scott Whittington, “unwrapped toys can be dropped into the Toys for Tots boxes located at the United Services Organizations on Camps Hansen, Schwab and Kadena Air Base; all major subordinate command headquarter buildings; the Camp Foster and kadena Air Base exchanges; all Navy Federal Credit Union and Nations Bank offices; and all base chapels.” For more information on volunteering, raising funds or contributing toys, contact Turner @ 622-8285.

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