Toys for Tots

Marine Corps Rogue Valley Toys For Tots

Toys for Tots Coordinator Monte Fraser

Hello Everyone,

Its time to kick off Toys for Tots 2009. This year the National Retail Federation says parents spent $443 on back-to-school supplies. Its a big chunk of change for most families quite frankly, those are expenses parents cannot eliminate.

But this Christmas, for many families, something will have to give...

It's sad to think that parents will have to choose between paying the utility bill and putting presents under the Christmas tree...but many will.  And yes, there will be children who will put on a brave face and say they understand.  But every child deserves some joy at Christmas.

In Jackson County 2008, Toys for Tots helped over 4000 children. This year more families will be in need of help during the holidays. It has always been our objective to reach as many children and families during the holiday and let them know they are not forgotten, somebody cares.

With your help, we can make a difference! We need business to display a Toys For Tots box, tell your customers & friends to bring us a toy. We could not do it without the help of people like you. 80% of all the toys given out to local children come from the donation boxes in business all around the Rouge Valley.

Along with collecting toys, we need volunteers to pick up the toys and return them to our sorting facility, sort toys and help distribution day.

Oh yes, if you want to give us money, we accept that too! 100% of all funds collected in Jackson County, stays in Jackson County.

Toys for Tots Foundation has a 97:03 ratio of program to support services expenses in 2008. This means that 97 cents of every dollar donated in 2008 went to program services and only 3 cents was dedicated to fund raising and operating the Foundation. Philanthropy 400 ranked the Foundation #88 in the United States out of 1.9 million nonprofit organizations. Charity Navigator for the fifth time, awarded the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation their highest 4-star rating for sound fiscal management.

Teresa & I strive every year to make the Jackson County program a success. With your help, the United States Marines can deliver more toys this Christmas and real smiles can replace brave faces.

Thank you,

Monte Fraser

Toys for Tots Coordinator

Jackson County

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