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    MCB Camp Lejeune kicks off the annual Toys for Tots campaign



    Story by Lance Cpl. Ashley Gomez 

    Marine Corps Installations East       

    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Each year since 1947, U.S. Marines throughout the United States conduct local Toys for Tots campaigns from October through December. As the holiday season approaches, Marine Corps Community Services will be kicking off its annual Toys for Tots campaign beginning on Nov. 8 at the Main Exchange on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
    The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December in an effort to help those who are less fortunate nationwide.¬¬ The program aims to assist young children, helping them grow into responsible, productive citizens through the message of hope that comes with a new toy.
    “This is my first year coordinating for Toys for Tots,” says Staff Sgt. William Gillespie, Toys for Tots Coordinator, Eastern North Carolina. “For me, I just think every child should have a toy for Christmas. Giving back like this brings the community closer together.”
    According to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation website, the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots and expanded it into a nationwide community action project as the Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Program.
    Throughout its history, Toys for Tots has donated more than 548 million toys to more than 251 million children.
    If you are unable to attend this campaign, there are many other ways to donate that are listed on Also listed on their website are local Toys for Tots events and drop off sites.



    Date Taken: 10.22.2018
    Date Posted: 10.24.2018 12:35
    Story ID: 297536
    Location: CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, US 

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