For nearly seven decades, the Marine Corps Reserves have not wavered in their commitment to America’s children and to the Toys for Tots annual campaign. Since launching the program in 1947, more than half a billion toys have been distributed to children in need, bringing with it “a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, and patriotic citizens.” Not every community has Marine Reservists, however, making the organizations, businesses and volunteers a crucial part of the program’s success.
Macy’s at Towne Center again welcomed lovely and smart princesses and brave superheroes last weekend to personally accept new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. The two-day event brings attention to the special program.
For the past three years, Stephanie Carter of Mystical Parties/Eastern Onion (Mysticalparties.net) and her incredible staff have volunteered their time for this worthwhile project. Macy’s immediately stepped up for Carter and other sponsors in 2014, when Toys for Tots in Georgia was experiencing a deficit of 400,000 toys and have continued what has become an annual event.
Monarch Private Capital (MonarchPrivate.com) staff have committed to the effort as well this year. The company is an investor in Affording Housing construction around the country, and have witnessed the challenges many families are facing.
“This is very special to me,” says Kady DeWees, director of business development for Monarch Private Capital. “These gifts represent hope and generosity offered by strangers. It defines the season and we enjoyed it.”
The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.