This holiday season, City Hall is a collection site for Toys for Tots and the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation toy drives.
Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots, a 75-year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness, and hope to less fortunate children. The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence, and a positive memory for a lifetime. It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community. Last year, the Marine Toys for Tots Program fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 8.7 million less fortunate children in over 830 communities nationwide. Since 1947 over 281 million children have been assisted. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not-for-profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.
Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation
The hope, dream and goal of the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation is to have a Treasure Chest in all pediatric oncology facilities in the nation. With your help and support, this dream will become reality. The Treasure Chest Program allows cancer patients (ranging in age from birth through 18 years) at 66 children’s cancer treatment centers to choose an age-appropriate toy as a reward for having the courage to undergo painful but necessary procedures. Smaller toys are stored in a Treasure Chest and designated for children undergoing simple procedures like blood tests. Larger, more expensive gifts are stored in a cabinet and designated for those children experiencing extensive, painful procedures such as spinal taps and bone marrow aspirations. Currently, the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest program comforts over 16,100 children and teens each month.
Please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy to one or both of these very worthwhile organizations. We appreciate your consideration and support.