I love doing things for others, and with it being Christmas time and with everyone busy with holiday festivities there are lots of opportunities to do some awesome “giving of ourselves”. Recently, West Houston Muscle held their annual Toys for Tots Car Show. Car enthusiasts gathered to have a good time, enjoy each others company, and give something back to the community by giving to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. It is great to do something for a program that gives to kids.
Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which donates toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. It began as a Los Angeles charitable effort in 1947. Hendricks was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child but could find no organization to do so. At her suggestion he gathered a group of local Marine reservists, including Lieutenant Colonel John Hampton, who coordinated and collected some 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside of Warner Bros. movie theaters. Their efforts were so successful that, in 1948, Toys For Tots was launched as a national campaign. Hendricks used his position as director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio to enlist celebrity support, as well as have Walt Disney Studios design the red toy train logo. And it has grown from there. Today you can find Toys for Tots boxes placed in many local businesses, and they are supported by large numbers of organizations.
West Houston Muscle coordinates their efforts to raise toys and money for the program by holding an annual car show. This year, the show included bringing in donations, a raffle, trophies, music, giveaways, and food and drinks. (I got to enjoy funnel cake and a deep fried Snickers!) The car club collected 12 super sized black garbage bags of toys as well as over $1,500 was raised.
I would like to say a big thank you to Sean Tajipour, president of WHM, for all of his efforts to put the event together as well as a thank you to the people who came out to show their support.
Check out more photos and mini videos of the event at the links below.
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