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" Toys for Tots 2007
The 2007 Toys for Tots campaign completed almost three months ago, and the sight of a Barbie still causes me to break out in a cold sweat. I was assisting with the Baltimore area, and it is a sizable effort. Last year, I believe that around 67,000 toys were distributed in and around Baltimore. This year, we collected something like 40,000 toys. That is a huge change; it was pretty obvious to me in December that people were worried about the economy, because they were not donating a toy or two (multiply that by 15,000 people, and you see what I mean). Even though the campaign is exhausting, it is a good cause, and we still have fun doing it.
"I have finally recovered enough to discuss it without running, screaming at the sight of Candyland."
"It's a doll, wearing fishnet stockings, with high heels, a miniskirt, a bare midriff, and some sort of lace top."
"We got a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese...not really a toy."
"This thing was hideous. Whenever you got near it or touched it, it would start screaming at you."
"Which means I'd have to go hunt it down, between all the boxes of toys and in the dark rooms that we never use in the back, with the only weapon I have: a bent, used wiffle ball bat. And when I finally do find it, it's going to be eight feet tall, and with claws, and teeth, and acid blood."
"I am constantly worried that life is some sort of science fiction horror film, and I'm the guy that gets eaten at the seventy minute mark. Needless to say, come sixty-five minutes, I'm beating on the inside of the TV, begging you to turn it off."
We do receive cash donations and use them to buy toys. I always advocate Lego. Unfortunately, this year we could not purchase any. Lego was experiencing an unexpected level of demand and did not have any spare stock. I have worked with them before and they always give Toys for Tots a great deal.
Sports Authority was able to help; we ordered hundreds of quality basketballs and footballs from them at what must have been barely above their cost.
Reply #2. Posted on February 29, 2008, 03:16:57 PM by Big Paulie Virgo
Andrew, On behalf of another MD'er, thanks for taking my 'Toys for Tots' donations. I geve 8 games (no Candyland--do not hunt me down with an M50), two bikes, and some RC cars(I think 3). Yeah--I did Bratz last year--much to the consternation of MY wife(my 8 yr old daughter doesn't understand the Bratz craze--she loves Lego's though) As for donations--someone gave a bike flag--that was made in 1977. Someone even gave a NASA paperweight one year. Luckily, I screen ALL donations before we take them out to the pickup point. Semper Fi, friend!
PEV (Not a Marine, but many male cousins who were. And one female cousin who was Air Force. Don't hold it against me)
On behalf of another MD'er, thanks for taking my 'Toys for Tots' donations. I geve 8 games (no Candyland--do not hunt me down with an M50), two bikes, and some RC cars(I think 3). Yeah--I did Bratz last year--much to the consternation of MY wife(my 8 yr old daughter doesn't understand the Bratz craze--she loves Lego's though)
Thank you for donating (and many thanks for zero Candylands - though that is a good game for kids). All that us Marines do is provide the logistics. The community makes the donations, we're the trucks and the muscle.
Reply #5. Posted on March 06, 2008, 03:41:52 PM by Jack
Hey Andrew, another great podcast - that stuff about the purple screaming Christmas ape was hilarious! I'll have to find one of those to donate next year. What address do I send it to in order to make sure it gets to you personally?
Reply #6. Posted on March 07, 2008, 03:34:33 AM by jeff
Dude you had both me and my friend in tears from that i mean the thing crucified, i had 1 of those damn things, i ended up taking a blow torch to it, told my gf my dog tore it apart thank god she bought it. but yeah i needed that today keep up the good work man