By Lars Dalseide | November 24 2013 14:32

NRA now accepting toys and donations for Marine Toys for Tots Program

Marine Toys for Tots was founded in 1947 Fairfax, Virginia - Toys for Tots was founded by reservist Major Bill Hendricks back in 1947. Since then, the program has distributed more than 350 million toys to just over 160 million children. Like more business and organizations in the DC Metro area, the National Rifle Association is lending a hand.

From now until December 12, visitors and employees can be donate to this worthwhile charity in one of two ways.

To land a hand of your own, you have the options. You can either drop off a toy at the donation boxes located at the welcome desk in the North Lobby of NRA Headquarters or provide monetary donation to NRA Human Resources. If it's a check, just make sure it is made out to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

When it comes to the toys, the Tots program asks for two things; the toys are for children from toddlers to 17 so make sure they're age appropriate and please make sure that they are new and unwrapped. Yes, in the past, Marines would refurbish older toys for distribution. But limited manpower has forced them to abandon that practice.

Headquartered in the Cooper Center just outside the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, Toys for Tots operates in over 700 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. So help spread some smiles. Stop by NRA Headquarters, or any Toys for Tots location, and make a donation.

Every bit counts.

For more on Toys for Tots, visit their website at toysfortots.org

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