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Basketball Teams Score Toys for Marine Drive

The GHC Charger basketball teams recently collected toys from Rome/Floyd County businesses and individuals for the 2013 Toys for Tots toy drive.  The drive is an annual event, sponsored by the United States Marine Corps Reserves.  Working with community partners, the Marines collect toys from October through December for children who might not otherwise receive gifts during the holidays. 

Both teams collected the toys to fill the Toys for Tots box in the physical education building to the brim with toys for toddlers to teens. 

The entire campus is filled with the distinctive boxes, and they will all be filled by Christmas break if the past is any indication of the success of this year's drive.  The GHC community has always given generously to children in need. 

The Toys for Tots project began in 1947 when Major Bill Hendricks of the Marine Corps Reserves rounded up 5,000 toys to distribute in Los Angeles.  In 1948 the Marine Corps adopted the program and expanded it into a national community action project.  Walt Disney created the famous train graphic.  From 1947 through 1979, the Marines collected and distributed both new and used toys.  Reservists then restored the used toys to mint condition.  After Christmas 1979, however, only new toys have been included. 

By the 50th anniversary of the program in 1997, the Marines distributed more than 10 million toys to 4.7 million needy children.  In 2012, they distributed 16.8 million toys to more than 7 million children.

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