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Postal News: USPS letter carriers to collect toys left at mailboxes

November 26, 2014
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Local letter carriers will help Santa and The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program on Dec. 6. Toys left by mailboxes will be collected for distribution by The Salvation Army to underprivileged children.

Residents are encouraged to leave a new, unwrapped toy by their mail box on Dec. 6.

The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is directed by the commander of the Marine Forces Reserve, with the assistance of his staff from the Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized not-for-profit charity, is the authorized fundraising and support organization for the Toys for Tots program.

The foundation provides the funding and support needed for successful annual toy collection and distribution campaigns.

The foundation staff is headquartered in the Cooper Center located just outside the main gate of Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, about 35 miles south of Washington, D.C.

Local campaigns are conducted annually in over 700 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The commander of the Marine Forces Reserve has under his command 163 Reserve Units located in 47 states.

To cover all 50 states and more communities in each state, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation selects Marine Corps League detachments and local community organizations (generally veteran Marines) located in communities without a Marine Reserve Center to conduct Toys for Tots campaigns as part of the overall U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

While Toys for Tots coordinators organize, coordinate and manage the campaign, the ultimate success depends on the support of the local community and the generosity of the people who donate toys.

Marine Forces Reserve consists of 34,000 Marine reservists, 2,000 active Marine reservists and 4,000 regular Marines for a total of 40,000. Typically, 15 percent to 20 percent of the forces are involved in annual Toys for Tots campaigns.

Phil Wiebold is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.



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