Toys for Tots is a program founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks. It is currently run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. CVCR is the main coordinator in the Riverbank area and in collaboration with other community groups i.e. Casa Del Rio, Living Grace, Valley Improvement Project.
The mission of the program “is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.”
The stated goal is to “deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, and patriotic citizens.”
Thank you to our Community Supporters in 2020 that were Toys for Tots Drop Off Sites: F & M Bank (Corinne), SaveMart Riverbank (Robert), Farmers Insurance (Lana), Cannabis Modesto (Deanna), Farmers Insurance (Monica), RUSD (teachers & District Office), and City Hall North (Gaby & Norma). Thanks to our Toy Transporters Jose, Corinne and Sean). We also gave away snack bags to 316 children. Also a huge Thank you to our Marine Partner, Sargent Ray Beal.