Once again, Coldwell Banker Innovations is participating in the annual Toys For Tots campaign. There’s still time to donate unwrapped toys here at our office located at 1850 Dual Highway in Hagerstown, but the clock is ticking!
Toys For Tots—Helping Children Smile Since 1947
For nearly seven decades, Toys For Tots has accepted donated toys via collection boxes placed in various locations across the United States. Since 1980 only new toys are accepted, but this hasn’t stopped caring families and individual from donating in droves. According to ToysForTots.org, last year was one of the best ever as total revenue exceeded $273 million!
But it wasn’t always this way. Back in 1947, reservist Major Bill Hendricks’ wife wanted to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child in an attempt to make their Christmas a bit brighter. Shockingly, there were no channels available to do so. The couple decided to place donation bins outside of a variety of movie theaters in the Los Angeles area. That first year they had gathered nearly 5,000 toys and the nonprofit organization Toys For Tots was born.
Coldwell Banker Innovations—A Proud Participant Of Toys For Tots
Nancy Armstrong, the Office Administrator of Coldwell Banker Innovations, has a way of putting the annual Toys For Tots campaign into perspective.
“Any unwrapped toy goes a long way to making the holiday memorable for local children. The actual dollar amount of the toy is irrelevant. We’ve been told even some of the smallest items, like a box of crayons, is able to bring a smile to a child’s face. Our donation box is right here in the lobby, and we’re really counting on the generosity of not only our agents but also the community at large. If you don’t have time to go out and purchase a gift we also accept monetary donations that go directly to the U.S. Marine Corp, which they then use to buy gifts. In fact, sometimes this is preferable as it allows gifts to be purchased for some of those harder to buy for age ranges.”
Yes, it’s only early November, but it’s never too early to kick start the Holiday Spirit! Please bring in your new, unwrapped toy donation today, or, if you prefer, stop by Coldwell Banker Innovations with cash or a check made out to “Marine Toys For Tots Foundation”. You can also donate online via credit card here.
Together we can make this Christmas one to remember for those in need.