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News Release
Saturday, December 12, 2009

Houston Yacht Club members recently participated in the Toys for Tots program, collecting more than 220 new toys for needy children.  

Pictured are: HYC Commodore Cheryl Thomas, Sgt. John James, Sgt. Michael Fuller and Sgt. Trey Roper from the 1st Battalion 23rd Marines out of Houston. 

The Toys for Tots program was created in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children on Christmas Eve.  The original idea came from Bill’s wife, Diane, who crafted a homemade Raggedy Ann doll and asked Bill to deliver the doll to an organization that would give it to a needy child at Christmas.  Bill searched for an organization to distribute the toy; however, one did not exist. 

So he and his wife created one. 

The 1947 project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign. 

Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948.  During the 62 years of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, Marines have distributed more than 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children.

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