The Culver-Stockton College athletic department is participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program this holiday season.
Wildcat student-athletes will be collecting toys at the women and men's basketball doubleheader against Graceland University Thursday, Dec. 5, to give children in Lewis County a happier Christmas. The women's game is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.
Anyone who brings an unwrapped toy or makes a cash donation to Toys for Tots receives free admission to the doubleheader that night. Student-athletes will be in front of Charles Field House to collect the toys.
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.
Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. Since beginning the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program in 1947, Marines have distributed more than 452 million toys to more than 209 million needy children. This charitable endeavor has made U.S. Marines the unchallenged leader in looking after less fortunate children at Christmas. Over its life span, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation has supplemented local toy collections with more than 98 million toys valued at more than $694 million; plus provided promotion and support materials valued at over $8.5 million.
Toys for Tots is a national effort by former Marines. For more information, please visit www.toysfortots.org.