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As the holidays are upon us and planning for Christmas arrives, it’s also time to think about doing something special for children in need. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is again underway giving local residents an opportunity to purchase a toy for a boy and girl outside their family.

Toys for Tots started more than 60 years ago when Maj. Bill Hendricks, USMCR, and a group of Marine reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed more than 5,000 toys to needy children. Hendricks’ idea caught on and was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots the following year and expanded it into a nationwide program. In 1995, the 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.

Today, Toys for Tots is the Marine Corps’ premier community action program and one of the nation’s flagship Christmas charitable  causes. Toys for Tots is the only charitable endeavor within the Department of Defense which reaches outside the military establishment to give something back to the communities. Toys for Tots has enjoyed over a half century of success because of the support of millions of caring Americans, local communities, and corporate America plus the dedication and hard work of thousands of U.S. Marines. Toys for  Tots is a  program which brings all elements of a community together in a common cause for three months each year. It is a program dedicated to helping in the development of our nation’s most valuable natural resource: our children. The shiny new toy at Christmas
lets these youngsters know that someone cares. Area Toys for Tots coordinator Gunnery A.T. Wilson is in charge of finding enough money and toys to fulfill the 900,000 toy requests for children in the 11 counties throughout Metro Atlanta.

“Many people in Metro Atlanta have been hit hard this year with so we are working extra asking for more donations and drop-off points,” says Mr. Wilson.

Toys for Tots collects only new toys. Organizers ask that toys brought to drop-off points be unwrapped so they can be sorted and given to the right child. Toys are to be appropriate for children from birth to 12 years.

 

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East Cobb company makes Christmas brighter for nearly 200 children

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RE/MAX Greater Atlanta co-owner/broker Denny Jones, Realtor and retired Marine Master Sergeant David Holmes and co-owner/broker Ben Christopher, pose with Toys for Tots donations just before packing them up and taking them to be donated.

 

 

East Cobb based RE/MAX Greater Atlanta has long practiced the holiday tradition of collecting toys for the U.S. Marine’s Toys for Tots program. This year, the company collected nearly 200 unwrapped toys and stuff animals to donate to needy families this holiday season.
“I’m so proud of our agents, clients, past clients and local community for helping us to make Christmas a little brighter for so many local children,” explained Ben Christopher, co-broker/owner of RE/MAX Greater Atlanta.
One special story came during the donation period. The Marietta real estate office had closed for the evening, but co-broker/owner Denny Jones had gone back to the office for something. When he arrived, he found a mother and her two young children waiting in a car outside the office.
Apparently, they passed by the RE/MAX Greater Atlanta office regularly, saw the Toys for Tots collection sign, and the children wanted to personally put their bag of toys in the box. They wanted to make sure other children would have a good Christmas. Because it’s a real estate office, the mother figured someone would show up sooner or later to let them in—and she was right!
“We were so touched by the idea of these children wanting to help other children. It was just additional confirmation that this is a cause we will continue supporting every year.”
For more information on RE/MAX Greater Atlanta, visit http://www.realestateatlantaga.net or call 770-973-9700. Photos of donations for the Toys for Tots program can be found at the RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Facebook Page.

East Cobb Baseball Academy Gives Generous Gift to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

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East Cobb Baseball Academy President Chance Beam announced this week that the Academy has donated over 100 new toys to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

“Teaching our young athletes important life lessons is one of the cornerstones of our program, and there’s no life lesson more important than the act of giving to those in need,” said Beam.  “We’re very proud of the broad participation we had from our athletes this year, and exceeding our goals for toys contributed.”

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity.  The Foundation has supported Toys for Tots for over 20 years.  The mission of the Foundation is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas.  Their objectives are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to improving communities in the future.

The East Cobb Baseball Academy operates out of East Cobb Baseball Association, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit founded in 1985. Since that time, 130 East Cobb teams have won national championships.  East Cobb Baseball was named “The Most Outstanding Youth Baseball Program in the Nation” by Baseball America Magazine and called “The baseball factory for the Major League” by Sports Illustrated.  The main focus of the East Cobb Baseball Academy is total player development with an emphasis on preparing players for baseball at the college level (and life) beyond.

To learn more about the East Cobb Baseball Academy’s private instructional lessons, camps and programs, visit the Academy’s web site: http://ecbacademy.com

Toys for Tots Seeks Donations

2012-12-10_1426As the holidays are upon us and planning for Christmas arrives, it’s also time to think about doing something special for children  in need. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is again under way, giving local residents an opportunity to  purchase a toy for a boy and girl outside their family.

Toys for Tots started more than 60 years ago when Maj. Bill Hendricks, USMCR, and a group of Marine reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed more than 5,000 toys to needy children. Hendricks’ idea caught on and was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots the following year and expanded it into a nationwide program. In 1995, the 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.

Today, Toys for Tots is the Marine Corps’ premier community action program and one of the nation’s flagship Christmas charitable causes. Toys for Tots is the only charitable endeavor within the Department of Defense which reaches outside the military establishment to give something back to the communities. Toys for Tots has enjoyed over a half century of success because of the support of millions of caring Americans, local communities, and corporate America plus the dedication and hard work of thousands of U.S. Marines. Toys for Tots is a program which brings all elements of a community together in a common
cause for three months each year. It is a program dedicated to helping in the development of our nation’s most valuable natural resource: our children. The shiny new toy at Christmas lets these youngsters know that someone cares.

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Area Toys for Tots coordinator Gunnery A.T. Wilson is in charge of finding enough money and toys to fulfill the 900,000 toy requests for children in the 11 counties throughout Metro Atlanta. “Many people in Metro Atlanta have been hit hard this year so we are working extra asking for more donations and drop-off points,” says Mr. Wilson.

Toys for Tots collects only new toys. Organizers ask that toys brought to drop-off points be unwrapped so they can be sorted and given to the right child. Toys are to be appropriate for children from birth to 12 years. Toys will be accepted until December 21.

For information regarding volunteering or hosting an event, contact Mr. Wilson at 678-887-5179 or e-mail: santa@atlantatoysfortots.com.

 

(Reprinted from the December 2012 issue of EAST COBBER.)

 

Toys for Treats! Free ice cream at D’Lites this week!

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Bring a new, unwrapped toy to D’Lites on Johnson Ferry Road this week and receive a free small cup of ice cream. Toys are for the Toys for Tots program.

No purchase necessary, receive one small cup of D’Lites per toy donated. Offer good November 26 – December 2 at D’Lites, 1100 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 365.

Need a little something to tempt your (generous) taste buds? Try these flavors every day:

Monday
Turtle Brownie, Tiramisu, Chocolate Pudding, Turtle Cheesecake

Tuesday
Chocolate Pudding, Turtle Cheesecake, Coconut, Almond Joy, Chocolate Almond

Wednesday
Coconut, Almond Joy, Chocolate Almond, Fudge Brownie, Caramel

Thursday
Fudge Brownie, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Andes Mint, Mint

Friday
Dark Chocolate, Andes Mint, Mint, Coffee, Apple Cinnamon

Saturday & Sunday
Creme Brulee, Mounds, Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Strawberry Cheesecake

 

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TOYS FOR TOTS SEEKING WAREHOUSE IN COBB COUNTY

Volunteers with the 2012 Toys for Tots program are in need of donated warehouse space in Marietta or Cobb County that is convenient to Interstate 75.

The Atlanta U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program needs about 10,000 square feet of warehouse space and one or two offices. The ideal space would be available for use immediately and through the end of the year. If you can help, contact Cherrie Carney or A.T. Wilson at 770-355-0564.

FREE Skate Night at Centennial Olympic Park with the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders and Toys for Tots

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Centennial Olympic Park has teamed up with the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders and the Toys for Tots Foundation to help children in need throughout the United States experience the joy of the holiday season. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots on Dec. 7 and skate for FREE at Centennial Olympic Park’s ice skating rink with the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders.

The Centennial Olympic Park Ice Rink presented by Southwest Airlines will give away a set of Southwest tickets to one lucky winner. Drop off a toy to enter the contest. The ice rink is open from 4:30 – 10 p.m. on Dec. 7 and will accept donations throughout the evening. The Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders will be at the rink from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Downtown Atlanta’s only outdoor ice skating rink, located on the Great Lawn on the northern end of the Park, is also one of the largest in the southeast. Park guests will enjoy covered observation seating, theatrical lighting on the real ice and holiday music. The rink is located amongst thousands of glittering lights that make up the Park’s annual, free Holiday in Lights display.

Centennial Olympic Park is a fantastic family destination any time of the year! For more information on ice skating or Holiday in Lights, call 404.223.4090 or visit www.centennialpark.com.

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Toys For Tots Seeks Donations

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As the holidays are upon us and planning for Christmas arrives, it’s also time to think about doing something special for children in need. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign is again under way, giving local residents an opportunity to purchase a toy for a boy or girl outside their family.

Toys for Tots began 64 years ago when Maj. Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed more than 5,000 toys to needy children. Maj. Hendricks’ idea caught on and was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots the following year and expanded it into a nationwide program. In 1995, the 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.

Today, Toys for Tots is the Marine Corps’ premier community action program and one of the nation’s flagship Christmas charitable causes. Toys for Tots is the only charitable endeavor within the Department of Defense which reaches outside the military establishment to give something back to the communities. Toys for Tots has enjoyed over a half century of success because of the support of millions of caring Americans, local communities, and corporate sponsors, plus the dedication and hard work of thousands of U.S. Marines. Toys for Tots is a program which brings all elements of a community together in a common cause for three months each year. It is a program dedicated to helping in the development of our nation’s most valuable natural resource: our children. A shiny new toy at Christmas lets these youngsters know that someone cares.

The area Toys for Tots coordinator, Mr. A.T. Wilson, is in charge of finding enough money and toys to fulfill the 900,000 toy requests for children in the 16 counties throughout metro Atlanta. “Many people in metro Atlanta have been hit hard this year with the economy and job losses so we are working extra hard asking for more donations and drop-off points,” says Mr. Wilson.

Toys for Tots collects new unwrapped toys. The Marines ask that toys brought to the hundreds of drop-off points be unwrapped so they can be sorted and given to the right child. Toys are to be appropriate for children from birth to 12 years.

While the Marines organize, coordinate and manage the program, the ultimate success depends on the support of the local residents and their generosity. Here are more ways you can help this year’s Toys for Tots campaign:

• Organize an event.
• Volunteer to help sort toys.
• Donate money by sending a check or money order to:North Atlanta Toys for Tots, 2700 Ivy Mill Drive, Buford, GA 30519
• Conduct your own toy collection.
• Provide a service such as media or transportation support for the campaign.
• Provide a philanthropic donation of cash or toys.

For information regarding volunteering or hosting an event, contact Mr. A.T. Wilson at 678-887-5179 or e-mail: christmastoys@att.net.

(Reprinted from the November 2011 issue of EAST COBBER.)

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November 25 Kickoff for Toys for Tots

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The annual Toys for Tots campaign, sponsored by United Way and the U.S. Marine Corps, kicks off November 25 at Publix Super Markets and the downtown United Way office.

New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off at any metro Atlanta Publix or at the United Way through December 23. The goal is to collect 750,000 toys.

To request toys, call 404-614-1000 or log on to www.unitedwayatlanta.org.

Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre holds special performance of The Nutcracker to benefit Toys for Tots

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Back row (left to right)- Jennie Vogt, Emily Phipps, Kate Harnage, Staff Sergeant Robert Shuman Front row (left to right) Morgan Moore, Jennifer Harnage

On Thanksgiving weekend, the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre (formerly Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre) will join hands with the United States Marine Corps and their partner in education Hickory Hills Elementary School. In celebration of their 55th season, the theatre is giving back to the community through the Toys for Tots campaign. Toys for Tots is a program that helps less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas and the holidays.

To kick off their Nutcracker season, the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre will open their doors to a community outreach performance. The community will be invited to the final dress rehearsal Friday, November 25th at 2 pm before the show opens on Saturday, November 26, 2011. Prior to the opening of the dress curtain, Hickory Hills Elementary students along with dancers from the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre will make a special presentation to US Marine Corps Toys for Tots. For the presentation, Georgia Metropolitan Director Lisa Toups, Assistant Director Shelley Grames and GMDT dancers, along with staff and students of Hickory Hills, will present toys to the Marines. The community can attend for $5 per person along with the donation of a toy for admission to this special performance.

There will be four public performances for The Nutcracker. At all four performances, the United States Marine Corps will be collecting unwrapped toys. Show days and times are Saturday, November 26 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, November 27 at 2:00pm and 6:00pm. The performances will be held at Cobb Civic Center’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre located at 548 S. Marietta Parkway in Marietta. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.georgiametrodance.org. Tickets are also available the day of the show, with the box office opening one hour prior to performance. Tickets are $24 for adults and $22 for children and seniors.

Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre is based out of the Georgia Dance Conservatory, located on the Marietta Square, and is committed to professional quality, varied dance programs. Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre is a non-profit organization funded in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Downtown Marietta Development Authority and individual donors. For additional information, please contact 770-426-0007.