(NewsUSA) - It has been another challenging year as American families and parents continue to struggle to find work, put food on the table, and make financial ends meet. Being able to give their children a merry Christmas can feel out of reach.
Supply chain and economic hurdles bring extra challenges this year to Toys for Tots, the 74-year-old national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Their annual mission is to provide toys, books, and games to children in need while delivering a message of hope to inspire children and build their self-esteem.
The annual Toys for Tots campaign also serves as a way to bring communities together, as schools, churches, and community centers serve as collection sites for donated items.
The 2021 Toys for Tots campaign season is under way in 832 counties across the Nation, but we are facing a critical shortage of toys this year, and we need the Nation's help to ensure that no child has to endure Christmas morning without even one present to open.
Last year, despite the pandemic, Toys for Tots brought joy, hope, and toys to 7.4 million children, but this year even more children are in need.
As the 2021 campaign season hits the halfway mark, Toys for Tots is asking for support now more than ever.
Last year,Toys for Tots encouraged their supporters to donate to their Giving Tuesday campaign, calling their day of generosity, Giving TOYSday. This year, Toys for Tots is asking for the same generosity on Giving TOYSday.
Giving Tuesday, November 30, has become known as a global day of generosity to highlight the joy of giving to others. Giving TOYSday is special, especially this year when so many children and families have experienced so much stress, anxiety, and despair.
"Every child deserves a little Christmas, and now more than ever, children living in unimaginable poverty need your messages of love, comfort, joy, and hope," says Lieutenant General Jim Laster, USMC (Retired), President & CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
"Your Giving TOYSday gift is urgently needed to help us ensure that no child wakes up brokenhearted on Christmas morning," he adds.
Marines and volunteers are busy engaging with local businesses, media, and community leaders to collect new, unwrapped toys for distribution to less fortunate children.
The National website provides donors with multiple avenues for donating as well.
One way Toys for Tots' donors can support the 2021 campaign is by making a monetary donation through the website. The Holiday Recognition Program is another way for donors to give to less fortunate children while honoring friends, family members, clients, or business associates.
Toys for Tots needs your help to deliver the magic of Christmas to millions of less fortunate children. Please donate today by visiting toysfortots.org, and please consider donating on Giving TOYSday! Together, we can give children in need the Christmas they deserve.