DeNooyer Chevrolet Supports Toys For Tots

DeNooyer Chevrolet Donates Vans To Capital Region Toys for Tots Campaign

Continuing its tradition of giving...

DeNooyer Chevrolet is proud to announce that the dealership will be donating 8 cargo vans to the annual US Marines Toys for Toys Toy collection and distribution so that approximately 40,000 toys can be delivered to children in need.With the use of the vans, DeNooyer will save Toys for Tots $45,000 on van rentals that would otherwise be necessary to collect and deliver toy donations. In addition to a toy, each child also receives a coat, hat, mittens, and blanket.The basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. Reliable transportation is an important component of achieving this mission.DeNooyer Chevrolet is happy to continue its tradition of giving by providing "the wheels" to get our local Toys for Tots rolling. The primary goal of the Marine Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children. That's a goal that we at DeNooyer are proud to support.

A Little Toys for Tots History

Toys for Tots began in 1947 as the brain child of Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks, who was unable to find a children's organization to donate his wife's handmade dolls to. When Bill reported back to his wife he could not find such an organization, she told him to "start one!" Maj Hendricks and the Marines in his reserve unit in LA collected and distributed 5,000 toys in 1947.Seeing such successful community engagement in 1947, the Commandant directed all Marine Reserve Sites to implement a TFT campaign transforming it into a national community action program in 1948. Currently, the Marine Toys for Tots Program distributes an average of 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children annually.

Fun Fact

Bill Hendrick's civilian job was Director of Public Relations at Warner Brothers Studios. Walt Disney designed the first Toys for Tots poster which included a miniature three-car train that was subsequently adopted as the Toys for Tots logo as a favor to Bill.

The Local Toys For Tots Campaign

Local toy collection campaigns begin in October and last until mid to late December. Members of the community drop new, unwrapped toys in collection boxes at local businesses. Coordinators will pick up these toys in one of DeNooyer's Chevy Vans and take them to the local Toys For Tots warehouse in Clifton Park where the toys are sorted by age and gender The campaign covers areas within the following counties in Upstate New York: Albany, Broome, Clinton, Essex, Fulton, Franklin, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Washington and Warren. DeNooyer, along with UAlbany's football players, is helping to ensure that the toys are collected from drop-off sites, loaded into the vans, and delivered to children in need. Watch for the Chevy vans with the DeNooyer and Toys for Tots logos on the side in your area as they collect the toys for sorting and delivery. Members of the communities along the delivery route are invited and urged to come out and meet the "Road Train" and receive a toy, and other holiday cheer from the US Military, Law Enforcement and civilian partners including members of the University at Albany Football Team traveling with the group to help distribute the toys.

Toy distribution will begin on December 1st.

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