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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-24-2006, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Toys For Tots "Please Give"

As former Marine and member of the Marine Corp League I ask. Please don't forget to give a toy for the kids. It is the season to give and to help ones that have less. Me and my wife family take on family with grandmother take care of the kids on $450.00 a month. We do this every year thru church with different family each year. Share it will return to you !!!!!

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Quite a few of us are definitely planning on doing the T4T Charity ride

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I'm probably going to have to bail on the ride this year but I'll be taking my donation to work (Harris Bank takes drop-off for TFT's if anyone needed to know.)
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See my post in the Charity Section if you want to help.

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My mom bought a tattoo studio. Before that for the last 10 years, the studio collected for toys for tots. I just called her, and she said they are not collecting, they have "better things to do". I am livid. It was a very HA friendly shop, and they always collected for this cause. Sorry for the rant, just had to say that. I donate baby toys, I think they always get left out. I also do not donate anything that requires batteries. It would take money to keep playing with them. I also do not donate the toys at a place where they are purchased. I can see some unscrupulous sales manager taking the donations and replenishing their shelves with them. Thanks for the heads up on Harris taking donations, I will drop them off there.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-26-2006, 12:58 AM
 
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A great cause. I've helped every year since I got out of the Corps. I was with the Marine Corps League early on, and we still delivered the toys out to the houses back then. Real eye opener.

The picture is from Christmas 2002. I put on my old Dress Blues and rode in the local Toys For Tots Toy Run. 20,000 bikers came out in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and donated a warehouse full of toys. The local Marine Reserve unit showed up in massive "6-by" trucks to haul them away. Had a blast that day. (Girls love Blues, and were coming up asking to take pics with me.)

Years ago when my Dad was about 4 years old he had polio. Back then the kids were put in an isolation ward. Parents could come look through the window for a little while each day. It was about Christmas time. One day 2 Marines in Dress Blues walked in and gave every kid there a toy! Dad always remembered that little Buck Rogers ray gun that shot sparks. And he always remembered how much it meant to him back then when he was a little kid facing a miserable Christmas. So when he was older, every year, he took a huge bag of toys in to give. And usually the local paper would have a story a few days before Christmas that the local toy drive was still a little short on toys, so Dad would already be ready with another huge bag of toys. He never forgot.

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Years ago when my Dad was about 4 years old he had polio. Back then the kids were put in an isolation ward. Parents could come look through the window for a little while each day. It was about Christmas time. One day 2 Marines in Dress Blues walked in and gave every kid there a toy! Dad always remembered that little Buck Rogers ray gun that shot sparks. And he always remembered how much it meant to him back then when he was a little kid facing a miserable Christmas. So when he was older, every year, he took a huge bag of toys in to give. And usually the local paper would have a story a few days before Christmas that the local toy drive was still a little short on toys, so Dad would already be ready with another huge bag of toys. He never forgot.

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Great story... a real reminder of the good that TFT's does.

If you don't know where there is a Harris near you, I believe Jewel is also taking drop offs.
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The Happiness this brings to a Child (and even their family) helps set the stage for them to want to bring that same feeling of happiness and feeling loved to others in the world throughout their life. This program's positive impact goes far beyond the toy and the day of Christmas. It's an incredible massive effort that helps really brings out the best in people. Please, really think about this when you see the bins around this season.

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Toys R Us is collecting toys also. I took my daughter last weekend and I let her pick out a toy to give. I figured it was the prefect time to do this so my daughter knows the meaning of giving.

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