This year, Logan Elm participated in the Toys For Tots Toy Drive. Seventh and eighth graders collectively raised 1,176 dollars and over 100 toys. Circleville school also participated with their own fundraiser and raised over 1,200 dollars. After all of the money was spent on toys for the drive, there were over 2,400 toys.
The Logan Elm seventh and eighth graders competed to see which W.I.N. period could collect the most money and toys. The winning class was in seventh grade. They saved 261 dollars and 11 toys. The class won a pizza party for all their effort.
You can donate to Toys For Tots any time of the year, but the most toys are wanted and donated around Christmas time. If you watch the news, NBC 4, you will see that they have a huge fundraiser to collect toys for Christmas. This program is run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. It was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks. Some big celebrity endorsements include: Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, and even the First Lady. All three of them helped boost the confidence of the organization. Toys For Tots have many helpful sponsors as well, including Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Hasbro, Build-A-Bear, Hallmark, Hess, Disney, Macy’s, J. Walter Thompson Atlanta, and The UPS Store.
There are many ways you can donate to the Toys For Tots program. You can donate in honor of a certain individual, by mail, through eBay, by starting your own fundraising team, or you can even donate your car or truck. Some stores have a large drop off box for toys and many schools, like Logan Elm, have Toys For Tots fundraisers every December.
Over the lifespan of the organization, the Marine Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 512 million toys to over 237 million less fortunate children. You should go donate a toy and encourage your school or work to have a Toys For Tots fundraiser to help brighten Christmas, just as Logan Elm students have done this year!