Toys for Tots

By Jordy Byrd

Hot Wheels and Tonka Trucks are spilling from the aisles at Graphic Products corporate headquarters. A baby doll, a Star Wars Lego book set, and even a Minions suitcase have filled the collection bin during the company's fourth annual Toys for Tots collection drive.

In four years, Graphic Products has delivered more than 400 toys to the 6th Engineer Support Battalion, a Marine Forces Reserve engineering battalion under the command of the 4th Marine Logistics Group. This year, the company collected 287 toys.

The mission of the Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys throughout the holiday season each year, and to distribute those toys to less fortunate children in local communities. Graphic Products is proud to support veterans and to help provide joy to children each holiday season.

About Toys for Tots

The history of Toys for Tots dates back to post-World War II America. In 1947, Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR, founded Toys for Tots in Los Angeles and collected 5,000 toys; the first toy was a handmade doll.toys for tots santa By 1948, the U.S. Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots and expanded it into a nationwide community action project as the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Program.

At that time, Marines at each reserve center throughout the nation collected toys and ran distribution campaigns in their communities. That same year, Walt Disney designed the now-famous Toys for Tots train logo and created the first national Toys for Tots poster.

These posters, pictured throughout this article, have become a recognized part of the annual program; over the years, the posters have featured such notable characters as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and the Road Runner.

After many successful years, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the U. S. Marine Corps in 1995 and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. Since its beginnings, the program has distributed over 494 million toys to over 230 million less fortunate children.

Today, there are more than 700 Toys for Tots campaigns that support countless volunteers and business drop-off sites. Visit ToysForTots.org and select your state to find the nearest campaign and information about local events.

toys for tots poster

The website will also direct users on the steps to become a toy collection point for a local campaign, how to register for assistance, and how to donate directly to a local campaign.

About Graphic Products

Graphic Products is an innovative leader, providing solutions for safety and visual communication since 1970. The company's full line of safety products, services, and DuraLabel line of industrial label and sign printers are designed for the modern workforce.

Graphic Products leads the industry with safety training materials, educational resources, and up-to-date news and compliance information on topics like arc flash, chemical labeling, and pipe marking.