LAS VEGAS -- The Christmas Season is the perfect time to help those less fortunate in our community.
This year's drive is December 3 to December 13, 2012. The all-day finale is Thursday, December 13 at 8 News NOW studios.
The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.
The Marine Corps Reserves has been collecting toys for low-income families since 1947, and each year, Toys for Tots makes a difference in the lives of children of all ages.
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.
This year, with the economic challenges facing Southern Nevada, help is needed now more than ever. Last year, Toys for Tots gave 46,253 children in southern Nevada a merrier holiday in Southern Nevada, including Las Vegas, Boulder City and some of the other nearby communities.
8 News NOW, Papa John's, Henderson Hyundai Superstore, Peters & Associates and ESPN Radio 1100 will all be accepting new, unwrapped toy donations starting mid-November through December 13, and what's donated in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. Drop-off Locations include:
The Toys for Tots program also takes monetary donations, too. Make your check out to: Toys for Tots Las Vegas. Checks may be sent to 8 News NOW, ATTN: Toys for Tots at 3228 Channel 8 Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89109.
If you are seeking toys, please contact your local church group or non-profit organization to register. You may also dial 2-1-1 and you will be directed to the appropriate organization.