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Toys Distributed to Needy Children

Embassy participates in Toys for Tots, a holiday tradition of giving to the less fortunate

Posted: December 27, 2005

Representatives from the U.S. Embassy Montevideo including the Marine Security Guard presented Christmas gifts to children residing in the local orphanages "Hogar Retoño I", "Hogar Retoño II" and "Hogar Rambla".

The United States Embassy Montevideo participated in a toy drive on December 23, organized by the Security Guard Detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps. The toys were presented to children residing in the local orphanages Hogar Retoño I, Hogar Retoño II, and Hogar Rambla.

United States Marines in every community where they are present organize a massive distribution of gifts every holiday season under the auspices of the Toys for Tots program. Marine Reservist, Major Bill Hendricks, founded Toys for Tots, in Los Angeles, California in 1947. In 1948 The United States Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots, and expanded it into a nationwide community action project. Walt Disney designed the now famous Toys for Tots train logo. In 1959 Toys for Tots went international for the first time distributing toys to children who were survivors of a catastrophic typhoon that devastated the city of Nagoya, Japan. In 1991 the Secretary of Defense authorized the Marine Corps to recognize and work with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. In September of that year the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation became an operational organization and supported Toys for Tots for the first time during the Christmas 1991 campaign. The Secretary of Defense in 1995 approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the U.S. Marine Corps and as an official mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Every year the Marines distribute more than 19 million toys to 7.5 million needy children. In Uruguay, the Marines volunteer their time to organize donations from staff, identify children in need, sort gifts by age appropriateness, wrap and deliver the presents. This year a special effort was made to buy new athletic shoes for children lacking in adequate footwear. Everyone at the embassy welcomed the opportunity to participate in Toys for Tots, which has brought smiles and made the holidays brighter for over 55 years.

Additional information on the Toys for Tots program available from the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation website.




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