The New Orleans Saints and the U.S. Marine Corps joined forces to launch this holiday season's Touchdown for Tots program, a football-themed toy drive to help bring holiday cheer to the 16 million children living in poverty.
In 2010, the New Orleans Saints teamed up with Toys for Tots to launch the then-new campaign called "Touchdown for Tots." Fans were encouraged to deliver a new, unwrapped toy to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, text to donate monetarily, or were led to the Toys for Tots donation link.
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
The primary goal of Toys for Tots 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, patriotic citizens.
The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.
The U.S. Marine Corps will also team up with the Saints on Dec. 22 for the annual toy distribution, where each child is eligible to receive two toys, at the Saints Training Facility at 5800 Airline Drive from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is open to the public.
For more information and to learn how to donate, please visit www.toysfortots.org.