December 17, 2018
For Immediate Release
U.S. Marines and Navy Personnel Celebrate 12 Years of Delivering Toys to Ottawa’s Ronald McDonald House
OTTAWA — With a little help from Santa, U.S. Embassy Ottawa’s United States Marine Corps detachment and U.S. Navy personnel will deliver unwrapped toys to the children at Ottawa’s Ronald McDonald House as part of their annual Marine Toys for Tots campaign. This will mark the 12th year that the Marines and Navy personnel have collected toys for the Ronald McDonald House.
WHAT: Toys for Tots event at Ronald McDonald House
WHEN: December 18, 2018
TIME: 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: 407 Smyth Rd.
Colonel William L. Hendricks (USMC) started Toys for Tots in 1947 in Los Angeles, California. Toys for Tots welcomes donations of new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December, and delivers them to children as a message of hope and caring at Christmas. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was created in September, 1991 as a permanent non-profit foundation, and in 1995 the U.S. Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the U.S. Marine Corps and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve.
This local Toys for Tots campaign is driven entirely by the Marines and Navy personnel at the U.S. Embassy who collect the toys they bring to Ronald McDonald House. Toys are distributed to children residing at the house not only in December, but also on occasions throughout the year.
Media are invited to attend and cover the event.