For families who struggle to make ends meet, or even worse struggle to get food on the table, the Holidays can be an extremely stressful time. Between the worry of paying the extra bills due to the cooling weather, and trying to make the most of gift giving, can be a lot to add to your plate.


And that's where the Toy's For Tots program steps in to help families in West Michigan get some presents under the dress, so that all families can have a happy holiday and Merry Christmas.

What is Toys For Tots?

The Marine Toys For Tots program is a national program that is run by the Marines as a charity leg to help economically disadvantaged families and children have a Merry Christmas. The program itself is turning 75 years old from it's original start, and watching it grow year after year is truly a christmas miracle for everyone.

In Partnership With The Disney Ultimate Toy Drive And Toys For Tots, 20th Century Studios And Locksmith Animation's RON'S GONE WRONG Brings Holiday Cheer To Shoppers At The Glendale Galleria
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The Toys For Tots program helps children in every county of West Michigan, providing a new, unwrapped gift for children between the ages of 1 - 16.

How do I sign my family up to participate?

All you have to do is call 211, or visit the Toys for Tots website.

Can I donate to help these families?

There are several ways to help out if you're able- you can look for the Toys For Tots donation boxes around West Michigan as we get closer to the holidays. You can drop a new, unused toy into these boxes and they'll be distributed to families that are approved.

First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks At Toys For Tots Event On Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
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You can also also make a virtual donation on their website year round if you can't wait, or would rather donate to help their efforts.

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