The Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) hosted its first Toy Drive to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots foundation. CARU invited members of its office and building to contribute new, unwrapped toys in an effort to spread holiday joy to some of the more than 15 million children living in poverty in the United States.
CARU collected over 50 toys to donate! There were toys for children of all ages. From building blocks to board games, CARU hopes to brighten many children's holidays.
CARU hopes to make this an annual tradition in an effort to help make the season bright! Toys for Tots have drop-off locations across New York City. Toys for Tots are accepting donations until Monday December 14th. To find a drop-off location near you, click here.
Toy distribution takes place mid to late December. Coordinators pick up the toys and store them in central warehouses where the toys are sorted by age and gender. At Christmas, Coordinators, with the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies, distribute the toys to the less fortunate children of the community. Over the years, Marines have established close working relationships with social welfare agencies, churches and other local community agencies which are well qualified to identify the needy children in the community and play important roles in the distribution of the toys.
Remember, one toy and one act of kindness can really make a difference to one child. Happy holidays to you and yours!