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Toys for Tots, other holiday drives explained

With December in full swing, it’s the perfect time for the residents of the Coastal Bend to join together to assist those less fortunate. In the spirit of the holidays, I take this opportunity to bring attention to certain efforts in our area that will benefit many families this holiday season.

Toys for Tots is a nationwide campaign, and has very strong roots and participation in Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, and the Coastal Bend area. The initiative began in 1947, when Marine Major Bill Hendricks collected and donated 5,000 toys to children in their city. The campaign was so successful Marine Reserve Units around the country began collecting and donating toys, under the shared objective to “bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children.”

Since its inception in 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 490 million toys to more than 230 million needy children across the country. With a great military base, strong charity presence and generous-minded people and industry, District 32 is a great place for Toys for Tots to contribute to the children of our area. If you would like to learn more or get additional info, please visit their website at: https://corpuschristi-


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