A total of 869 toys for local children were collected, and 334 pounds of food for Hawaii Food Bank.  Special thank you to Moanalua Lions & Leo Club, Moanalua High School, Battery Bill Ogawa, Benny & the Cruisers, FM 105.9, Highway Response Towing and Legal Shield.  Top 5 Car Clubs in donations are as follows:

  1.  Bleizn FX – 130 toys
  2. Mobile Gamer Guys – 120 toys
  3. Porsche Club of Hawaii – 93 toys
  4. Pure VIP Club of Hawaii – 87 toys
  5. Aloha Mustang & Shelby Club of Hawaii – 72 toys

VW Clubs of Hawaii donation as follows:

VW Club of Hawaii-33 toys; Westside Ka’ahui Braddahood-25 toys; Hawaiian VW Outlaws-4 toys —————————————————————————————————————————————————

Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles, California collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children.  The idea came from Bill’s wife, Diane, who had hand crafted a Raggedy Ann doll and asked her husband to deliver the doll to an organization in Los Angeles which would give it to a needy child.  When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one – he did.  The 1947 campaign was so successful that the Marine corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign.  That year, Marine Corps Reserve units across the nation conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in each community in which a Reserve unit was located.  Marine have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948.

The iconic “train logo” was designed in 1948 by none other that Walt Disney; that logo is still in use today.  Disney also designed the first Toys for Tots posted used to promote the nationwide program.

Numerous recording artists and stars of stage and screen have lent their talents to the Toys for Tots campaigns over the years.  Nat “King” Cole, Peggy Lee, and Vic Damone recorded the Toys for Tots song written by Sammy Fain and Paul Webster in 1956.  Bob Hope, John Waye, Doris Day, Lorrie Morgan, Tim Allen, Jim Nabors and Kenny Rogers are but a few of the long list of celebrities who have given their time and talent to promote Toys for Tots.  First Lady Nancy Reagan served as a national spokesperson during President Reagan’s presidency.  First Lady Barbara Bush served as the national spokesperson in 1992 and in her autobiography names Toys for Tots as one of her favorite charities.

Through the gift of a shiny new toy, the Marine Toys for Tots Campaign provides happiness and hope to disadvantaged children who might otherwise be overlooked this holiday season.  Your donations help give children recognition, confidence and positive memory for a lifetime.

Throughout the 68 years of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, Marine have distributed more that 370 million toys to more than 173 million needy children nationwide.  Since 1996 alone, Marines here in Hawaii have collected more that 700,000 toys and more than $400,000 which went to make the holidays brighter for nearly 500,000 of Hawaii’s less fortunate keiki.  Last year 28,000 new toys were collected and distributed to 23,000 less fortunate children of Oahu.  Every toy and every dollar collected here in Hawaii to buy toys stay here in Hawaii.

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