‘Tis the season for giving and who better to give to than a child in need? Be a hero this year by participating in the 2011 Toys-for-Tots® drive that takes place at all five campuses of ICDC College. From now until December 16, 2011 you can bring any brand-new, unwrapped toy to any of our locations and put a smile on some child’s face this holiday season. We will be accepting donations of unwrapped toys for children in Southern California – ages 3 to 16.
As an organization which is also committed to helping children in need, ICDC College is launching its first annual campaign to support Toys for Tots®. America ICARE, a new non-profit foundation, will also join this effort.
“This holiday season – for the first time ever – we’re excited to be supporting the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation,” said the Director of Military/Veteran Outreach and Support at ICDC College. “To help spread holiday cheer, ICDC College employees and students are stepping into the role of Santa to make certain that more children in need will be able to have a gift.”
During the last week of November, Marines made special appearances at ICDC College and America ICARE offices to build awareness about the Toys for Tots campaign in Los Angeles and Orange County. All toys collected will be distributed to children in and around the communities in which they are donated, making this a local effort in Southern California.
According to an analysis of recent U.S. Census data, one in four young children in the United States lives in poverty. The poverty rate among children reflects that of adults, who are experiencing high unemployment and sluggish income increases. Just last week, the Census Bureau announced that over 46 million Americans were impoverished during 2010 – that’s the most since the agency began tracking poverty about 50 years ago.
U.S. Marines Staff Sergeant Angel Cotto says he is thrilled that ICDC College and America ICARE will be doing their part to make this holiday a happier one for those in need. Last year, the Toys for Tots campaign collected more than 83,000 toys for poverty-stricken children in the Orange County/Los Angeles region.
“We encourage everyone to help us collect more toys this holiday season than we ever did before,” says Staff Sgt. Cotto. “Marines will be distributing toys donated by many organizations – all for children living in poverty. We want to make sure we put a smile on each kid’s face!”
To experience the pleasure of giving up-close, you’re invited to attend the Toys for Tots local event sponsored by the City of Los Alamitos Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission.
When: Dec. 20, 21 and 22
Time: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Where: 4122 Saratoga Ave., Building #20, Los Alamitos, CA. 90720
As a GI Jobs’ “Military Friendly School” in 2011 and 2010, ICDC College aims to collect hundreds of toys in its first year of involvement with the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation. To learn more about the many ways ICDC College and America ICARE are helping our military families, visit http://americaicare.org and http://icdccollege.edu/.
Reminder: It’s “Safe Toys and Gifts Month,” so be sure the toys don’t have sharp edges or anything a young child might choke on.
Toys for Tots is a registered trademark of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation Not-for-Profit Corp. ICDC College is not affiliated with Toys for Tots.