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For the Official Toys for Tots Web site, FAQ’s and History click http://toysfortots.org/

Here in Hawaii; especially here on Maui, we are told that Street Bikers United’s Toy Collection-Motorcycle Run, ‘in support of’ Toys for Tots, generates more new toys for Maui Keiki than any other organization!

“TOYS FOR TOTS BEGAN IN 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The idea came from Bill’s wife, Diane….

Maui-Toys-4-Tots-ping-24Later “Walt Disney designs the now famous Toys for Tots train logo and creates the first national Toys for Tots poster.  These Christmas posters have become a recognized part of the annual program, and through the years have featured such notable characters as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Dennis the Menace, Bugs Bunny and the Road Runner.  Posters have been designed by a member of the Association of Handicapped Artists, by Marine Corps Reserve artists as well as an array of well known artists such as Ted Drake and Bob Timberlake.

1949 Major celebrities begin to endorse the program.  Over the years Toys for Tots Spokespersons have included John Wayne, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, George Strait, Brooke Shields, Charlton Heston, Ann Margaret, Sammy Davis, Jr., Doris Day, Andy Griffith, Charlie Daniels, Clint Eastwood, Lorrie Morgan, Johnny Carson, Tim Allen, Kenny Rogers, Joe Foss, John Glenn, Heather French Henry (Miss America 2000), and Billy Ray Cyrus.  First Ladies, Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush, served as National Toys for Tots Spokespersons.”………Read More

Article Credit: http://www.toysfortots.org/about_toys_for_tots/toys_for_tots_program/chronology.aspx

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