Marine Corps Toys for Tots

United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots

Seventy-five years ago, a single hand-knitted doll turned into a nationwide flagship children’s Christmastime charity and much more. The Marine Toys for Tots Program began in 1947 when Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks and the Marines in his Reserve unit collected over 5,000 toys in 1947 and delivered them to children in need in the Los Angeles area. Last year, the Marine Toys for Tots Program fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 8.7 million less fortunate children in over 830 communities nationwide. Since 1947 over 281 million children have been assisted.  In McHenry County, we distributed 28,510 toys to 7,616 children. 

To learn more about the McHenry County Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign or to locate an official TFT toy drop site,  check out our presence on the web.  The official McHenry County TFT website is and our Facebook page is located at  

We will have over 275 Marine Corps Toys for Tots collection boxes throughout the McHenry County communities.  Contact information is on the website.

Toys for Tots, the U.S. Marine Corps’ premiere Community Action Program, announces its 75th Anniversary of supporting less fortunate children across the Nation.

Meetings every 3rd Thursday of the month at:

Woodstock VFW Post 5040
240 N Throop St Woodstock, IL 60098