Monday, November 19, 2012
A handy guide to donating toys this holiday season.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Ben Gross
Monday, November 19, 2012
In 1947, Diane Hendricks made a doll and asked her husband, Maj. Bill Hendricks, US Marine Corps Reserve, to find a local charity in the Los Angeles area that would give it to a needy child. When he was unable to locate one, she suggested that he start one. That year, Maj. Hendricks teamed with other Marine reservists, collecting and distributing 5,000 toys to children that year. In 1948, the Marine Corps adopted the Toys for Tots program and it has been running steadily since, with the help of celebrities such as Bob Hope, Kenny Rodgers and First Lady Michelle Obama. One little known fact – Walt Disney designed the organization’s logo. You can drop off toys at Toys and/or Babies R Us, or one of the locations listed below. You can also …
Friday, December 16, 2011
PGPD said more than 30,000 tots will be given out this weekend.
The county police department's community services division and members of the United States Marine Corps Reserves will host the “Toys for Tots” program this weekend in Prince George’s County. The “Toys for Tots” program collects new, unwrapped toys and gives them out as Christmas gifts to children in need during the holiday season. More than 30,000 toys will be distributed this weekend, a PGPD press release stated. The collection will be held at county police headquarters on Barlowe Road. Hours are: Barry L. Stanton, deputy chief administrative officer for public safety and Chief of Police Mark A. Magaw will be on hand Saturday morning to help distribute toys to participating families.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The town participates in several efforts to make sure local residents are warm, fed and able to celebrate during the holiday season.
For the past six years, the town of Riverdale Park has coordinated several efforts to ensure that the neediest residents are warm, fed, and even supplied with gifts during the holiday season. The town’s efforts include a charity coat drive, a canned food drive, county food basket distribution, toy distribution, and holiday “adoption” of needy families. Riverdale Park is a participant in Toys for Tots, a national program that distributes toys to needy children during the holidays. However, in recent years, donations to Toys for Tots have decreased. “They can only give out what they collect, and last year donations were really low,” said Colleen Ferguson, Riverdale Park’s code enforcement and community service manager. Ferguson is …