AAA South Jersey is teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation once again this holiday season to help less fortunate children experience the joy of the holidays.
Through Dec. 18, customers can drop off new, unwrapped toys in the toy drive donation bin prominently placed in the lobby of all four AAA South Jersey locations.
Once collected, the toys are taken to local distribution centers where toys are sorted by age and gender, wrapped, and distributed to needy children in the area.
“We hope that AAA members and the community will open their hearts so every child in the community can enjoy the thrill of opening a present on Christmas morning,” said Carol Scott, CEO of AAA South Jersey. “We are thrilled to be a part of the Toys for Tots program once again, and work with the Marine Corps Reserve to help make those experiences happen.”
Toys for Tots collection locations will be at the AAA offices in South Jersey, including the one located at 700 Laurel Oak Road in Voorhees.
The primary goal of the Toys for Tots program is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive and patriotic citizens. Since the inception of Toys for Tots, more than 400 million toys have been distributed to more than 188 million needy children.
The Toys for Tots program was founded in 1947 by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. William L. Hendricks, when Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles first collected and distributed 5,000 toys to children. The following year, the Marine Corps Reserve adopted the concept and made it a national endeavor.
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 54 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.