Saturday, December 12, 2009

Toys for Tots

December IS Toys for Tots for the Utah Dixie Marine Corps League.  Rick Massey is the liaison for Toys for Tots.  His incredible energy for this program is awe inspiring.  Rick and his team of about 20 Marines, who assist in representing the Detachment in events that produce both monetary contributions and donated toys, spend hours making it happen - all designed to make some needy families very happy at Christmas.  The Detachment teams up with the local Coins for Kids, an organization that delivers our collected toys to needy families in the SoUtah area.  There are so many activities to make this all come together: installing TFT boxes in local business locations, checking them nearly daily, standing by the TFT boxes at three local WalMart locations as people donate their new toys or money, picking up donations by a very generous Toys-R-Us, collecting at another local business locations, delivering all the toys to the convention center and joining other community volunteers in catagorizing and wrapping the toys, and having Santa dress up to assist in delivery.  The happiness in the faces of children makes it all worthwhile. Ooorah, Marines!