The Marines need your help as they collect new, unwrapped toys to distribute to needy Cheyenne children during their annual Toys for Tots toy drive. A KOLT listener contacted us on our Facebook page and informed us that the box is currently empty.
Residents can drop off a NEW, unwrapped toy at the Marine Corps Recruiting Office, located inside the Frontier Mall, 1400 Del Range Boulevard. You can drop off your toy donation from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Toys for Tots began as a Los Angeles charitable effort in 1947. Major Bill Hendricks, USCR, was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child but could find no organization to do so.
If you have any questions, please call 307-772-2021.
At her suggestion, he gathered a group of local Marine reservists who coordinated and collected 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside of Warner Bros. movie theaters. Their efforts were so successful that, in 1948, Toys for Tots was launched as a national campaign.