In 1947, a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy kids. It had all started when the wife of Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR, made a Raggedy Ann doll and asked Bill to donate it to a group who would give it to a child in need. When Major Bill couldn’t find such an organization, he decided to start one. Toys for Tots was born.
Wow. Such an amazing story! Major Bill was a great patriot. To be honest, we didn’t
know the origins of Toys for Tots when we called to tell them we wanted to run a promotion for their benefit. We just knew of Toys for Tots… because Major Bill did more than start a *small* organization to collect gifts for needy children. EVERYONE knows Toys for Tots.
Major Bill, you did good. So good that the initial objective of Toys for Tots remains the same after all these years: namely, to “bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children”.
Major Bill attracted lots of attention for his good deeds… and deservedly so. Did you know that Walt Disney designed the Toys for Tots logo, which is still used today?
Dogs & Books is proud to support Toys for Tots and the military.
For every children’s book purchased on our website through December 14, 2019, we will match it with a book donated to Toys for Tots.
And as a THANK YOU for participating in this program, use coupon code TOYS4TOTS, and we will include a doggy bandana for you with each book you purchase!
Thank you for participating. And to military members and their families everywhere—THANK YOU for your service.
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