Toys For Tots

By Joel Comm December 19, 2003 70 Comments   

Today’s Christmas-time Family Site features the site of a program that has been around for over 200 years. Actually the organization that sponsors it has been around that long, not the program. But it is one that everyone has heard of, and is currently being featured in one of the most original and charming Public Service Announcements I have ever seen.

The program is the Toys For Tots programs, and is sponsored by the United States Marines. Yes, I mean THOSE United States Marines. One of our proudest military organizations takes time out every year (and has for the last 56 of them) to ensure that as many children as possible have a happy holiday season. They accomplish this by distributing internationally (in 1999) over 13.1 million toys to over 5.9 million children. It is the goal of this program to deliver a message of hope, which will build self-esteem and in turn motivate needy children, to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

This is a wonderful program that deserves the continued praises that it receives, and more. So the next time you see a Marine, remember not only is he ready to defend our country at a moments notice, but he is also, in the eyes of a lot of children, Santa. All I can say to that is “Semper Fi”.

http://www.toysfortots.org/

If you are in need of assistance this year and would like to get onto the list to receive a donated toy, please see the following page to locate your local Toys for Tots chapter.

http://www.toysfortots.org/request_toys/toys.asp

Editor’s Note: Family First cannot sign you up for this – you must do it yourself through the website link above. If you leave a comment asking for help here, your request will not be filed. Please contact Toys for Tots directly. Thanks!

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70 Comments to “Toys For Tots”
  1. leticia keys says:
    I have 6 children and we need help for the hollidays gifts.beddings.food.gift cards and clothes we need our community help us thanks to all
  2. syble scovell says:
    My daughter called me early this morning & told me her friend may not have gifts for her children, due to no fault of her own, we want to help.
  3. Jessica Spurlock says:
    I AM A MOTHER OF 6 BABIES! I HAVE A LITTLE GIRL THTS 5, A LITTLE BOY THTS 3, A LITTLE GIRL THTS 2, A LITTLE GIRL THTS 1, A STEP GIRL WE HAVE AND SHE IS 1, AND A 6 WEEK OLD SON!! MY BOYFRIEND JUST LOST HIS JOB AND WE WANT HAVE ANY MONEY TO GET OUR BABIES ANYTHING FOR X MAS!! CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I CAN GET HELP!!! PLEASE SOMEONE LET ME NO!!!
  4. Rhiannon says:
    I am a stay at home mother of 3 ages 2, 3, and 8, my husband works but right now only brings home enough to pay the bills and buy groceries...I was cut off of food stamps because they claim my husband makes too much money, I was turned down for the toys for tots donation because they claim my husband makes enough money to give the children a Christmas. I know that we do not have the money to put anything under the tree for them, and it will break their hearts and make them believe that Santa forgot them if there is nothing there...I need help and don't know where else to turn...please help my children have the Christmas that they deserve...
  5. alicia says:
    My name is alicia owens. I am a single mother of one daughter name alyssa she is 3 years old. I have not been able to work for quite a while. Now i am waiting to see if i can draw my disabilty. We live with my mother and she is disable and her father does not help me at all with in anyway. I really need help to get her some christmas this year. If I dont get help from somewhere she will be very disappointed come christmas day. Thanks alicia owens
  6. paula magby says:
    Ihave been not able to to buy anything i am disabled all i can aford is just paying my bills after that i have not enough to buy cleaning stuff or the personal things we need and i have a 28 year old daughter she,s not working right cause she,s helping me be able to get around the house and anything else please help my grandsonhe,s 8 years old thankyou with clothes toys shoes a coat boots hat and gloves i need some help
  7. paula magby says:
    Ihave been not able to to buy anything i am disabled all i can aford is just paying my bills after that i have not enough to buy cleaning stuff or the personal things we need and i have a 28 year old daughter she,s not working right cause she,s helping me be able to get around the house and anything else please help my grandsonhe,s 8 years old thankyou
  8. DEBRA NOBLIN says:
    I have three grands kids in the need of toys for holiday and food basket my granddaughter is 10 yrs old my two grandson 3, and 4 i need know where to sign up for toys for tot
  9. danielle berry says:
    hi my name is danielle and i am a single mom with 4 boys from 7 yrs old to a 6 month old and i dont have a job at the time and i would like to no how to get sign up for toys for tots thank u
  10. angelica says:
    hello my name is angelica iam a mother of a little girl she is four year old this year is hard for me to buy her need stuff like clothes and shoes or toys for christmas i dont have a job ...i need help.... thank you
  11. Donna wright says:
    Hello i have a 16 year old son and times are tough and just moved to town and looking for a job is there any way i can get help with christmas i feel bad and just want at least one gift to give my son for christmas.Thanks
  12. crystal says:
    hi name is crystal. i was trying to see were i go for help for Christmas i had lost my job and i have 3kids 10yr girl name is Daisy 8yr boy name is Gabriel and 7yr girl name is Alicia.im hoping u can help me this year ..im scared mom that my kids wont get nuthin this christmas .please help me..thank u for ur help ...
  13. alissa lestage says:
    i was trying to see if we could recieve help for christmas. i was a stay at home mom and my husband lost his job in june due to lack of work. he is now employed and i am still lookimg. we had no income for three mths.All of our saving went to medical bills i was n the hospitakl for three weeks and then my husband was put in for two weeks where they found he had heart problems. we will be married a year dec.23 it has been a rough year. Togather we have 5 children 12 girl, 12 boy, 10 girl, 9 girl, 7 boy. thank you for any help you could give not only us but others in need
  14. joanna cuevas says:
    Hi..... My name is Joanna, Im 29 yrs old & a single mother of 3 great kids which ages are 12,10, & 9. It's been a rough year for my kids & I but by the blessings of god, my kids remain strong, cheerful, and together. At times I feel like I don't do enough for my kids cause they deserve the best, but I find comfort by knowing that I do what I can. I would LoVe to show my kids, just how much they are LoVed and appreciated by showing them a Merry Christmas unfortunately being unemployed is my struggle. If any one can help bring Christmas to my kids please contact me @ [email removed]Thank You & God bless
  15. stacey says:
    I really need to sign up for toys for tots, is their a way that i can get help to make a good christmas for my two daughters age six and twelve, i just pray its not to late
  16. Joyce says:
    We are having troubles staying caught up on bills. I don't know how I am going to be able to do extra as far as Christmas goes. It is no fun when you don't have the extra money to spend. I have 4 children...one is 8 year old girl, and 14 year old boy, 16 year old girl, and 17 year old girl. My teen agers would love to have a gift card just to go shopping to get what they really want. My 8 year old well, she can be easy to buy for. I need help. Where do I go to get help for Christmas...my kids would love it if you could build me a new house with more bedrooms...I am a license foster parent and we need more space...bad. HELP ME!!!
  17. ELIZBETH WILKINS says:
    IM IN NEED OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR MY 3 KIDS AGES 14 13 AND 2 THANKS YOU CA CALL ME AT [phone number removed] OR [phone number removed] THANKS
  18. maisha barrow says:
    Hello,I was trying to see how can I get assistance for my three children 1 boy 6 years old and two girls ages are 14-16,if you can please help me because I'm a single mother and wishes to give my children something that will make their Christmas because they don't have their father in their lives anymore and it's hard for me around this time.
  19. June says:
    I signed up online last year for toys for tots for my kids and they really did help me alot. I would advise anyone that is needing christmas help to sign up online because they truely are a blessing. If it was not for the toys for tots program, my kids would not have had a christmas. I am a single mom and i recieve no help from my kids father. I praise the lord for this program because they truely blessed me and my family more then they know. Just go to toysfortots.org and fill out the application. Good luck and God bless everyone.
  20. Carmen rentas says:
    I was looking for some help for my kids.iam a sinle mother of 2 I need help with Christmas . I work part time and don't have a lot of money..... How can I sing my kids up toy for tot thank you....
  21. SHERATTER TODD says:
    I was trying to help buy my grand kids and my adopted daughter some things for christmas but i am currently out of work so it is hard to help them have a wonderful christmas cajuan is 5, tyjuan is 3 and indya is 7 can you please help them have a nice christmas is it will be very much appricated thanks for your help sheratter.
  22. Jeannie White says:
    i am on ssi and disable cannot afford to buy my gand-children anything for christmas,so im hoping you can help me?There is Jordan 4,Brandon 13 and Brittany 14.Please help me.i have no phone but you can e-mail me if i can get help with date and time of pick-up! Thank you so very much and God Bless You!
  23. Kristy says:
    I am a single mother of three we have just moved to Independence Mo from Florida.We got caught in the flood down there and lost everything. We have been here for two weeks and two days. I am not working and the child support is not much it might pay a bill and that is it. If any one could please tell me where to go to get help it would mean a lot to me and the girls.
  24. jessica duncan says:
    I am a single mother of two. i need help to recieve toys for them...i cant afford a christmas for them this year please HELP
  25. shaelee says:
    i would like to sign my sister up for toys for tots shes a single mother an the father is in prison. shes needs help to provide her 3 children christmas this year. please help her.
  26. clara Czarnopys says:
    I have 3 greatgrand children 2 boys age 3 and 5 and girl 6 yrs old who will get nothing for christmas. I went to a place to get toys but were told they had given everything away.
  27. crystal elder says:
    i was wondering if there is a number or email something i don t have any transportation i am desperately needed help with christmas for my 2 sons ages 9 1/2 and 3 I am a single mom and don t even make enough to pay my bills and make sure they have everything they need too please help if you can they both believe in santa and i just can't make it happen on my own
  28. Alejandra Gomez says:
    sorry my english no is good,my husband doesnt have a job and we have two children one of them is 10 and his name is justin,the second one is 8 and her mane is michelle, and we have three teenagers,one of them is 15 years old and his name is jose,the second one is 18 and his name is abraham,and the third one is 20 and his name is juan, and i was hoping that you can help me and my husband to get them presents for christmas.I will thank you soo much
  29. TONIA BLACK says:
    Hello my name is Tonia Black and I'm asking for your help this Christmas because my sister has three beautiful children who won't be able to have Christmas this year without your help. My sister and her Husband work very hard to provide for their family, but my sister had surgery and because the wound isn't healing the way it should she haven't been able to return to work and even tho she's in alot of pain it hurts her more to know that she can't give her little helpers a gift for Christmas, so if you have any extra toys we would be forever grateful, God Bless you and Thank you!
  30. april smith says:
    We need help this year for christmas I have 3 kids 2 that are my sister and wedoi not get pay to have them.There age are 10yr girl 9yr girl and 7yr boy.I would like to now how do I can get sine up for it.The kids need a chritmas plz help.Thank you for you time.
  31. kristi crowding says:
    I have 2 daughters one 4 and one 9. They both believe in Santa Claus but my income is too low. Please help me to put toys under the tree. Thank You!!!!!!!!!!
  32. diana fajkus says:
    I am not sure if you can help me. My daughter is a single mom and is working the most that she can so that she can support her 4 boys. They run from 1 1/2yr old, a 4yr old, an 8yr old, and a 10 yr old. I am not sure what can be done to help her on Christmas morning. Please send me information as to what I can do to help her out at this time of year. I hope it is not too late for this.. thanks for any help you can give me. diana
  33. Jessicka Masters says:
    I am writting this for my sister. She is out of work untill January because of ankle surgery and she has three children, I can't help her much and she would really like to get her kids coats and things for Christmas. If anyone can help please email me. She lives in Akron Ohio and I live in Canton Ohio. Please if anyone could help that would be great. Even if you can only help with one child. Thank you so much in advance.
  34. Donald Galle says:
    please if anyone can help if there is a angel out there my husband lost his job and now his unemployment ran out we have 2 boys in need of some toys for them to wake up to on christmas morning and some food god bless
  35. JON MICHAEL PRAYTOR says:
    Iam a ex MARINE, Iam unemployed I have a 6 year old boy & a 4 year girl that Iam trying my best to suport them in all ways possible can you help me.
  36. tia powell says:
    hi please help me with toys or whatever gifts for my three children for christmas this year i will gladly appreciate it
  37. Jennifer says:
    I'm a single mom of two girls one is 14 and the other 12.And I'm unemployed trying to figure out how to get them anything for Christmas,I'm under under public assistance,But don't have enough to buy them gifts can you please help us.THANK YOU.
  38. DAN says:
    can someone please help me get christmas for my 11 mth old sons 1st christmas .Im a single dad who lost my job an im getting evicted because i dont even have money to pay rent .PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can someone HELP me make my sons FIRST christmas great>THANK TOU SO MUCH HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY MERRY CHRISTMAS
  39. garry childress says:
    i am a single father of a seven month old boy who makes every day special to me.his mother was killed on oct.16 and ive lost my job. if any one can help with christmas for my son please contact me .my son deserves a good christmas after losing his mom.....
  40. Michelle Vandermark says:
    Hi, i've been trying to sighn up for toys for tots in binghamton but the site says broome is not covered. I know binghamton does it every year and I sure could use the help for my children.Does anyone know how to sign up for binghamton NY?
  41. amanda says:
    I have two children a 7 year old girl & a 3 year old boy who is disable he has a lot of medical prombles I was hopingi could give them a great christmas but I don't have money to do that so if you all can help me thank you.
  42. lupe says:
    i been triying to sing up to get gifts for my 4 kids, 3 boys and 1 girl a 12 year old boy 5 year and 4year and my dauther 8 yearold i try alot other places but they are full. can you help. thank you.
  43. yajaira gonzales says:
    I AM A SINLE MOTHER OF THREE BOYS AGES 16,8, AND 1....THEY ARE WONDERFUL KIDS THAT ARE TRYING TO MAKE CHRISTMAS BETTER THEN LAST YEAR. TIMES HAVE BEEN ROUGH AND I HAVE BEEN GETTING BY WITH THE HELP OF FAMILY AND FIENDS BUT IT ISN'T ENOUGH ESPECIALLY WORKING A PART TIME JOB. I WOULD REALLY APPRCIATE THE HELP WITH GIFTS THIS YEAR FOR MY BOYS. THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME OUT TO READ THIS MESSAGES....GOD BLESS
  44. kathy says:
    YOU CANNOT SIGHN UP BY CALLING TOYS FOR TOTS IT DONT WORK THAT WAY ANYMORE I FINALLY FOUND OUT HOW TO DO SO, IM IN NY BUT I HAD TO CALL MY LOCAL SALVATION ARMY AND THEN GO INTO THE PLACE THIS MOND OR WENSD AND BRING IN MY ID AND KIDS IDS. AND PROOF OF INCOME AND RENT RECIEPT. ITS NOT AS EASY AS TELLING THEM YOU WANT A GIFT YOU HAVE TO GET THE BUILDING WAIT IN LINE AND SHOW MANY DIFF PROOFS OF LIVING AND RECIEPTS. AND THE DEADLINE IS THIS WEEK IN NY, SO IM SURE SAME RULES APPLY TO ANY STATE OR CITY, IF I WERE YOU ID CALL SALVATION ARMY OR YOUR LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES BUILDING AND ASK THEM HOW TO APPLY FOR TOYS FOR TOTS ASAP.
  45. brenda crocker says:
    Was looking for some help for my 2 grandkids at chrictmas,,,any thng would be appreciated,,,,,their Mom is working but it just pays the bills and she is worried about christmas this year,,,any help would be appreciated,,,,,thanks a loving grandma
  46. samantha davidson says:
    I was trying to see if I can sign up for my kids. I have 5 pretty children I only work part time it very hard. My oldies son was sign for a disablity and he still as wonderful . I just would love to have a good christmas thank you. Samantha davidson
  47. nicole minor says:
    hi im a sinle mother of 4 and i need help with christmas i have no money and no job to get them anyhang for christmas could you please us i have a 6y.o.girl 4y.o.girl 3y.o.girl 2y.o.boy
  48. Tonya Pope says:
    I am a single mother of 2 and I a unemployed and its going to be hard for my girls this year.I ask if its Gods will would you send someone to help make my children happy for chirstmas this year. May God Bless You
  49. janice harris says:
    I am currently employed, but my husband 's health is not that good. Therefore we have become a one income family and the way things are going with the bills look like Christmas is up in the air. I would like to know if I can get signed up for toys for tots for my 15 yr. old granddaughter. She is a good student, she helps out around the house, but I would hate for her to not have a Christmas from us, because we have to pay the bills, or just buy groceries.Can you give me some advice on this. I currently live in Genoa, but I work in Elgin. You can e-mail me with any information that might help me. Thank you in advance
    • Marijo Tinlin says:
      hi Janice, please contact Toys for Tots directly for help.
    • stephanie nelson says:
      I need to know if and when and were do i go to sign up for toys for tots, i have 2 young boys ages 8 and 6 salvation army has stopped any sign ups for anything i am unemployed at this time there father is working but they had a lay off so now we are trying to keep a roof over our heads and we do not know what we will be able to do please contact me as soon as possible,anything on any place to sighn them up would be a blessing.
  50. crystal barton says:
    Hello!I'am a single mother of two beautiful girls a 6year old,& a 2year old.I have not worked since feb of this year it was apart time job making $6.50 a hr.I had to stop working because my 2yr old was sick alot and i had no support from my family to help me with my kids so i had to miss a lot of days from my job too take my child to the doctor.My boss told me if i kept missing days they would have to let me go.BUT,I know that i would have too be out more because my child was still being sick,so i had to stop work.MY dauther got put in the hospital a week later because she has ashma and her oxygen level was low.To make a long story short,come to find out my daugther has cirrhosis of the liver.She has too DR in Duke N.C. she is having too see.ALL i get a month is $270.00 in childsupport.That is just the amount to pay our bills each month.We do get foodstamps also THANK GOD! PLEASE HELP MY FAMILY TO HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS.LOVE THE BARTONS FROM N.C.
  51. Gloria Dale Bentley says:
    I'am a mother of one child at 17 yrs of age and a Grandmother of a Girl 13 yrs old and a Grandson of 8yrs old that has been abuse all there lives and now the Good LORD has gave them to me and I thank him so much.I don't get food stamps for them now AND MY EX HUSBAND IS OUT OF WORK SO NO SUPPORT THERE. I do get a Disability check that helps pay some of the bills and I have to get help each mouth with them and go to ST.Mary's Church every week for food, so if you can and you will please help me out for my LOVE ONES FOR CHRISTMAS PLEASE. I know there are a lot of family's in need just like me and I'am so sorry and PRAYING FOR THEM,MAY GOD BLESS YOU IF YOU COULD HELP PLEASE!! # [phone number removed]
  52. Sonya Williams says:
    Yes im a grandmother rasing 3 of my grandchildren and unemployed and looking where i can sign up to receive toy for them 1 girl 15months twin boys 4years i need help
  53. TORI MCKENZY says:
    i was trying to sign my kids up for the free toy give away and did a application but they send me a email saying something went wrong could you help me
  54. theresa fonseca says:
    i am a single mother of 5 and wanted to know how to sign up for the toysfor tots so me kids would be able to get a gift this year if there is anybody who could help please let me know thank you
  55. louise peterson says:
    I will like to how to sine up for the prog. for toys for tots we have twins,a boy and a girl 7 years old.so can you help me out.the kids names are jyasia miller,jahmeek miller. thank you,louise peterson
  56. Kim says:
    I would like to sign my 2 grandchildren up for toys for tots, Please contact me so I will know how to go about this..Thanks Kim Oney
  57. natalyn says:
    how can i sign my kids up for toys for tots marion ohio
  58. mandy says:
    I have no idea how to sign up or try to get help with Toys for Tots. Im so worried about even having a few presents for an expecting 7 year old boy. The company I worked for shut down Aug. 25th of this year. Its awful to worry about supper let alone Christmas!
  59. Kevin Leonard says:
    I need to sign up for toys for tots..mentor ohio,44077
  60. Shamaine Gordon says:
    I was a mother of two but my son passed away. I have no job and I am in need for my daughter a great christmas. If you can help me I will appreciate it all!
  61. margaret vela says:
    Hi my name is Margaret vela i was trying to get help for this year for christmas iam a single mother with two kids I am going through hard times and heard about yous from a freind and was looking for some help if yous will be willing to find us a good program that can help us have a nice christmas this year. Thank you Margaret vela
  62. chanelle garcia says:
    To whom it may concern I am a single mother of 2 a boy and girl. My boy is 6 and my girl is 4.. if u can fined time to get me the imformation in reffrence to get toys for my babies I would greatly appreciate it.. Thanks
  63. Deitra says:
    pls send me an e-mail at (email removed by editor) to inform me of how to sign up for toysfortots. I am a single, unemployed mom of 4 who desperately could use the help. It would be greatly appreciated
    • M. Tinlin says:
      Deitra, please contact your local branch of Toys for Tots in your town or the national organization at www.toysfortots.org so they can help you.
  64. JEAN MILLER says:
    I LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO SINE UP FOR THE PROG. FOR TOYS FOR TOTS WE HAVE ONE GIRL. SHE IS 8 YEAR OLD HER NAME IS JENNIFER PLEASE HELP ME. JEAN MILLER [email removed]
  65. jessica lessley says:
    I was trying to see where you go for help for christmas my husband lost his job and we have three children 8 yr old boy name ethan a 3 yr old girl name scarlet ans a 7 month old name bonnie ruth with him not working we have had it ruff im scared when chritmas comes we will not have anything can you help me find somewhere that would help thank you for your help. scared mom in bham jessica

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