Each year Quest participates in a holiday program to benefit a local charity. This year we are proud to announce that we will be collecting toys for the United Stated Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. The mission of the program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December and distribute them as Christmas gifts to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts.
This program was founded in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR, who was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child but couldn’t find any organization to do so. At her suggestion, Bill gathered a group of local Marine reservists, including Lieutenant Colonel John Hampton, who coordinated and collected approximately 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside Warner Bros. movie theaters. Their efforts were so successful that in 1948, Toys for Tots was launched as a national campaign.
In 1991, the Secretary of Defense authorized the creation and affiliation with the non-profit foundation and in 1995, the Secretary approved Toys for Tots as an official mission of the Marine Corps. Reserve.
We have set up two collection boxes in the lobby at Quest and we hope you will join us in supporting this worthwhile program by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy through December 14th. Giving back to our community is a priority at Quest and we are excited to be partnering with the United States Marine Corps Reserve to help brighten the holidays for local children.
Raymond James is not affiliated with and does not endorse Toys for Tots.