Saturday, November 8, 2014

Toy n Joy at the Waterfront - Portland Saturday Market

Toys for Tots was founded by Major Bill Hendricks in Los Angeles, CA in 1947 and the first toy was a handmade doll.

From 1946 until 1979, the Marines collected and distributed both new and used toys to poor kids. From 1980 on, however , the Marines collected and distributed only new toys.  In 1983, First Lady Nancy Reagan became the National Spokesperson for Toys for Tots.

 This year, the fact that Michael from Mesman Images is coordinating with Pat McMahon of Portland Fire and Rescue to create a toy-drop site at Portland Saturday Market for Toy n Joy makers brings back childhood memories . . . As kids, he and his brother, Jim, used to drop off toys at the Toys for Tots bins in Los Angeles.

Today, Michael is responsible for the presentation of Mesman Images' photographs and digital paintings, milling wood into stretcher bars, art panels, and frames.  He has also just added new carpeted walls to their booth #216 at Portland Saturday Market.

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