Last year, residents in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee were so tragically affected by devasting tornados. These families have suffered devasting loss, and the financial and emotional impact will be long lasting—especially for those without the means to recover. At a time when families were already dealing with the challenges of the past two years and scarce resources brought about by supply chain issues, a natural disaster completely upended their lives.
While other organizations worked to provide these families with resources such as housing, food, and water—Toys for Tots wanted to provide comfort, emotional relief, and hope to these families by distributing toys, books, and other gifts to their children.
Our local Toys for Tots campaigns worked hard to ensure that the children who lost so much received something tangible on Christmas morning. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation also worked with our phenomenal partner, Good360, to distribute truckloads of toys, books, and other gifts to impacted families in areas where there was no Toys for Tots program coverage.
“The past couple of years have been tremendously challenging for just about every sector of our society, and the devastation caused by the deadly tornadoes in the Southern United States and Ohio Valley significantly added to the turmoil. We were very concerned about the impacted families and wanted to do what we could to provide them with a little bit of hope. Duringsuch difficult times, we wanted to offer comfort and assistance,” said LtGen Jim Laster, USMC (Retired), President & CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “We were proud to partner with Good360 who answered the call to help get these toys into the hands of families in need as soon as possible.”
Toys for Tots is more than a Flagship Children’s Christmastime charity—we strive to assist families year-round—especially in times of need. Because our Marines and volunteers were engaged in our annual Christmastime mission, we partnered with Good360, the global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving, to distribute these emotional relief packages to affected families.
“The challenges associated with disaster recovery are made all the more harrowing in the midst of the winter holiday season,” said Matt Connelly, CEO of Good360. “Long after the news cycles have moved on, Good360 and our partners will be here helping survivors weather the years-long road to recovery by providing a variety of goods, including personal and household items, rebuilding materials, and emergency relief supplies. That’s why we’re grateful for trusted donors, like Toys for Tots, who consistently show up for families in need. The toys and games they donate will be with children throughout that process.”