Toys for Tots Michigan
history of Toys for Tots began in December of 1947, when the wife of
Marine Reserve Major Bill Hendricks made a Raggedy Ann doll and requested
that her husband deliver it to a group that would give it to a needy
little girl on Christmas Day.
The state of Michigan has become a leader in the Toys for Tots effort. Each year, Marine Reservists throughout the region dedicate their days to ensuring that low-income children and teenagers are blessed with a little Christmas happiness. If you live in Michigan , chances are you can find a Toys for Tots drop-off location in your community.
The Bay County Program
The Bay County program began in 1980 through the efforts
of retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant and Bay City Police Officer Robert
Greenleaf. During the first year of his program, he made sure that 263
children were served. Since that time, the program has grown dramatically.
Currently, more than 2500 children receive presents at Christmas because
of the Bay County program. Under the leadership of former Marine Jeff
A. Jarvis, the campaign continues to reach out to disadvantaged children
throughout the area.
A Community Effort
toy giveaway program is truly a community effort. A number of businesses
have partnered with the program as a community service. Today, you can
drop off toys for the program at a number of businesses, fraternal organizations,
and professional organizations.