Marines Provide Christmas For Less Fortunate Children

Marines Provide Christmas For Less Fortunate Children

Reserve Marines are collecting new, unwrapped toys for less fortunate children at various locations throughout the base and surrounding Albany communities. Photo by Nathan L. Hanks.

October 9, 2014 (Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany) - What can a $15 new, unwrapped toy mean to a less fortunate child?

"Christmas," GySgt Johnny Ruby, coordinator, Toys for Tots, said.

"Every child should have a Christmas," he emphasized.

The 2014 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program kicked off its annual campaign to collect new, unwrapped toys for the local community's less fortunate children during a press conference held aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Oct. 1.

The Toys for Tots program is the largest outreach program in the Department of Defense.

"This is always an exciting time of the year for us," Ruby said. "The community really gets involved with us and it's an awesome feeling to see the smiles on the children's faces."  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, according to the program's website.

Ruby said more than 3,500 toys were collected during the 2013 campaign and the goal for 2014 is to match it.

"It's an amazing feeling knowing you had a part in a child having a smile on his or her face Christmas morning after opening a gift from Santa Claus," he added. 

Since its inception, the Toys for Tots national campaign distributed 476 million toys to 223 million less fortunate children, according to the 2013 Annual Report.

In 2013, Marine reservists and volunteers distributed more than 16.8 million toys to more than 7 million less fortunate children, according to the report.

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