In 1947 Major Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine recruits in Los Angeles distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The 1947 pilot program was so successful that in 1948 the Marine Corps adopted the Toys For Tots program and expanded it into a World Wide Campaign.
This program is operated at world-wide level by all the Corporations of U.S. Sailors. This implies a huge fundraising effort to purchase toys. In 2009, we raised enough to buy 13,000 toys that were distributed among the children of the poorest communities in the municipalities of Puerto Vallarta, Mascota, Talpa, San Sebastian, Cabo Corrientes and Tomatlan, in the State of Jalisco, and throughout the Banderas Bay, benefitting as well the State of Nayarit, for the Epiphany day ·Día de Reyes” and the Children’s day ·Día del Niño· that in Mexico we celebrate on April 30th. We have supported and coordinated this program with the D.I.F. offices of each Municipality and the Department of Local Social Development of the State Jalisco for the last 4 administrations.
Toys For Tots Distribution