BURLINGTON, N.C. – National Agents Alliance held a toy donation drive to help support the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots campaign in Alamance County, delivering more than 100 new toys Tuesday that will wind up in the hands of local children on Christmas Day.
Roughly 2,500 children in Alamance County will receive gifts from Toys for Tots, which was started by Major Bill Hendricks and his Los Angeles Marine Corps Reserve unit in 1947. The first campaign donated 5,000 toys and led to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. A total of 418 million toys have been collected and donated since its inception, and the National Agents Alliance corporate staff helped add to that total this year.
National Agents Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Albright said he was proud to see his staff give back to the Alamance County community, especially with a program associated with the military during the holidays.
“We are proud of all our people who participated and we are thankful to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and all who have served our country over the years,” Albright said. “There are so many children that deserve to have a good Christmas and part of that experience is being able to open a nice toy on Christmas Day. Organizations like Toys for Tots are important to us and we’re happy to help their cause.”
Marine Corps Reserve Units, located throughout the nation, conduct toy collection and distribution campaigns in the communities near their reserve centers each year. To expand the nationwide coverage of Toys for Tots, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation authorizes Local Community Organizations (LCOs) to conduct campaigns in communities without a local reserve unit.
NAA recruiter Jon Pratt was one of several staff members who helped deliver the boxes of toys collected by NAA employees. He said it felt good to give back to the area he grew up in.
“I can only imagine what each child’s face when they get to open a new toy,” Pratt said. “This is just another small example of how NAA strives to give back to people. I’m proud that we were able to help support Toys for Tots.”
Campaigns begin in October and last until Dec. 22 annually. The toys are sorted and stored in distribution centers. As Christmas nears, Marines distribute toys themselves and enlist the aid of local social welfare agencies and churches to distribute toys to needy children on Christmas Day. The program’s success also relies heavily on volunteers in each community and people who bring in toy donations.
For more information on Toys for Tots, visit http://www.toysfortots.org.