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Toys for Tots

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

Klinedinst is honored to shine a spotlight on the organizations making a difference in our community. One of those organizations that we are proud to feature is the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Toys for Tots dates back to 1947, when Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks and his wife were looking for a way to help kids in need for the holidays. Upon learning that no organization was setup to help distribute toys to children, Hendricks, who worked at Warner Bros. enlisted the help of friends in Hollywood, as well as local area Marines, to collect and distribute 5,000 toys that first year. 

Following the success of the first year’s toy drive, the Commandant directed all Marine Reserve units to launch their own Toys for Tots campaigns in their communities. One of their most famous proponents was Walt Disney, who designed a poster featuring Toys for Tots’ iconic train logo that is still in use. Today, Toys for Tots is active in over 800 communities, helping to bring holiday cheer to disadvantaged children across all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. 

Klinedinst has a long history of working with Toys for Tots. The firm organized its first national campaign with Toys for Tots in 2009. The firm, like many up until that year, had sent out traditional holiday greetings via paper cards. However, the cards had a very short shelf-life, with many clients discarding them in recycling centers or, more commonly, in a landfill. Instead of mailing greeting cards or gifts, the firm decided to pivot and redirect those funds and resources to the work of Toys for Tots. And it has been a terrific partnership ever since. 2023 marks the 14th consecutive year that the firm has been a National Corporate Donor with the organization.

To learn more about the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, please visit

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Klinedinst PC is not affiliated with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and provides this information as a service to the community.

Toys for Tots

Facts at a Glance

Founders: Bill Hendricks and Diane Hendricks
Year Founded: 1947
Phone: (703) 640-9433
Address: Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
The Cooper Center
18251 Quantico Gateway Drive
Triangle, VA 22172-1776


The basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.

External Links

Toys for Tots Website
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