For children living in Superstorm Sandy’s wake, toys may be hard to come by this Christmas. Marine Toys for Tots coordinators in New York and New Jersey are working hard to make sure Santa’s sleigh finds its way to those kids. With the help of the Blue Angels and their C-130 aircraft, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation recently packed up a full load of toys in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. and sent them on their way to the hardest hit areas, where they will be distributed in time for Christmas.
“For New Jersey families displaced from their homes due to damage or destruction by Hurricane Sandy, the expense of holiday presents may simply be out of reach,” said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. “Despite the devastation it brought to our state and citizens, Hurricane Sandy shouldn’t deprive any child from the magic and joy this season brings.”
Seven hundred thousand dollars in toy and book donations have been provided by Duracell, Hasbro, Inc., The Idea Village Products Corp., LivingSocial, Lockheed Martin, Toys”R”Us, Inc., and The Walt Disney Company. The not-for-profit Marine Toys for Tots Foundation provides support for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, now in its 65th year.
Want to help or request a toy for your child? Check out the Toys for Tots Sandy relief effort online at www.toysfortots.org.
Pictured: Toys for Tots delivers a message of hope to children recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Over $700,000 in toys from Hasbro, Inc., Toys”R”Us, Inc, and employees of Lockheed Martin were given to Toys for Tots programs in hard hit communities in New Jersey and New York. The Blue Angels and their C-130 plane, affectionately called “Fat Albert,” flew the toys in from Marietta, GA and Washington, DC. (PRNewsFoto/The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation)
Source: PRNewsire/The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
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