(digital painting by YvonneMestre)
Photos by YvonneMestre, presentation by Michael Manahan
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.