The Holiday Season is always filled with magic and a lot of feelings. Personally, I enjoy watching the commercials made especially for the holidays. Those hit you right in the feels, and there’s nothing you can do about it, even if you watch them thousands of times. This famous commercial was made in 1997 for Toys for Tots, which is run by the US Marine Corps. It still melts my heart. I hope classics like this one will be brought back every year. Enjoy and don’t forget to SHARE it!
Over the years, the Toys for Tots Program distributed over 512 million toys to over 237 million less fortunate children. It was founded in 1947, by Major Bill Hendricks in Los Angeles, California. That year, 5000 toys were collected during a campaign before Christmas. In 1948, The United States Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots, and expanded the program into a nationwide community action project. Marines at each Reserve Center conducted toy collection and distribution in the communities surrounding the center. The same year, Walt Disney designs the Toys for Tots train logo and creates the first national Toys for Tots poster.
Although the program was designed to be a program for local children, Toys for Tots went international on three occasions: after the 1959 catastrophic typhoon in Nagoya, Japan; after the 1988 invasion of Republic of Panama; and after Hurricane Hugo hit the Caribbean in 1989.
In 1990 was aired the first national television network promotion for Toys for Tots. The television game show, “Wheel of Fortune”, and Pizza Hut conducted a three week promotion of Toys for Tots that raised nearly $3,000,000. It set several records that were included in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for participation and donations made to a call in promotion.
In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the U. S. Marine Corps and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve.
In 2001, the Foundation was ranked #289 in the 2001 “Philanthropy 400”. In 2002, Charity Navigator awarded Toys for Tots a 4-star rating and the Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked the Foundation #267 in the “Philanthropy 400.” In December 2003 edition, Forbes included Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in its “Gold Star List” of charities.