Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz is proud to announce the conclusion of the 12th Annual Toys for Tots Campaign in Guam. The program ran from October 4 to December 10. local businesses and organizations.
Over 80 local businesses and organizations supported this year’s Toys for Tots campaign in Guam. Monetary donations and a wide range of gifts for children of all ages were received during the 10 week campaign. Bikes, sporting goods, dolls and action figures, board games and many other holiday favorites were collected and sorted by volunteers from the Marine Corps.
“It is very touching to see all the effort and unity it takes to bring a Toys for Tots campaign to fruition,” said Col. Christopher L. Bopp, commander of MCB Camp Blaz. “The Island of Guam is coming together as a community to participate in the Toys for Tots campaign and to help less fortunate children and families. The success of this year’s campaign is a testament to the strength of the community we are all a part of.
“Just like the Marines never leave a comrade behind, they don’t leave any children behind this year. Thank you for spreading the joy of Christmas to the poorest of our island. Semper Fi. Capt Kari Rudd, Commander of the Salvation Army in Guam and Micronesian Coordinator
“This year has been particularly difficult for a large majority of our residents,” said Catherine Castro, president of the Guam Chamber of Commerce. “Despite the challenges, the generous outpouring of support for the Toys for Tots program has exceeded our expectations. We are very grateful for every thoughtful and kind donation this year. A Dångkulu Na Si Yu’os Ma’åse, Guam, for bringing hope to many children this Christmas! “
“Witnessing the warmth, kindness and generosity of everyone in Guam has been truly heartwarming,” said Gunnery Sgt. Rubin Tan, Toys for Tots Assistant Coordinator for Guam. “I have met many small business owners and nice citizens who really want to do what they can to make sure every child in Guam receives a Christmas present this year. Small acts of kindness can go a long way this holiday season, and I am honored to be a part of this program.
“We serve the least and the last. We are making sure that families are provided with toys for their children and food for their tables, ”said Captain Kari Rudd, Salvation Army commander Guam and Micronesian coordinator. “Just like the Marines never leave a comrade behind, they don’t leave any children behind this year. Thank you for spreading the joy of Christmas to the poorest of our island. Semper Fi.
Photo by Cape Town. André King
“At Catholic Social Service, we are always honored to be a distribution point for Toys for Tots,” said Lisa Bordallo, Director of Marketing and Customer Services for Catholic Social Service Guam. “This is a wonderful program and collaboration for everyone to help our many families with troubled children. We are excited to begin the cast and to see the joy and relief it will bring to these families next week. We are grateful to our partners who help make Toys for Tots possible in Guam, as well as our generous donors, and wish them all a Happy New Year. “
The toys will reach children in need this holiday season with the help of local nonprofits. If you know of a child in need during the holiday season, please contact The Salvation Army at (671) 477-9872 or the Catholic Social Service at (671) 635-1442.
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization with a history of 74 years. Last year, the Marine Toys for Tots program fulfilled the vacation hopes and dreams of 7.3 million less fortunate children in more than 800 communities across the country by distributing 19 million toys. Since 1947, more than 272 million children have been helped and 604 million toys distributed. For more information visit www.toysfortots.org.