Whether it’s a beautiful invitation in the mail or a verbal invitation from your local grocery store clerk, you have probably had the opportunity this season to make a donation to The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program that collects toys and monetary donations from October through December for underprivileged children. Over the last 18 years, Toys for Tots has collected more than 81.3 million toys valued at more than $487 million.
In a recent Google search, I counted more than two dozen local events to collect toys for Toys for Tots.
The U of L football program had players sign autographs at various drop-off locations, while other local businesses offered free pictures with Santa to those who brought in a toy.
On Nov. 28, more than 5,000 bikers and 4,000 spectators rolled into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for, the 28th annual Louisville Toys for Tots Ride. Participants braved the cold temperatures carrying in more than 4,000 toys for local children.
Another long-standing tradition, the Toys for Tots Party, was held on Dec. 11, at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Founded 25 years ago by Louisville natives George Moorin, joined later by wife, Angela, Jenny Denehy and Howard Kline, the invitation-only party is sponsored by a select group of 32 hosts who plan the party and are in charge of inviting the stellar guest list of more than 800.
Guests brought toys to place under the enormous decorated tree outside the Marriott Ballroom, and the Marriott added to the lot with more than $2,500 worth of toys that their staff had collected leading up to the event. The grand total? 960 toys.
Category: Around Town
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In addition to her duties as a society columnist and photographer, Shari Baughman handles business and community relations for The Voice-Tribune.