Jim Ellis Automotive Dealerships Collect Toys for Tots

Jim Ellis Automotive Group is proud to have all 13 dealerships serving as Toys for Tots collection sites this holiday season. The Toys for Tots program collects toys that are distributed to children in the community that are less fortunate and could benefit from some extra love and gifts during the holidays.

Through December 14th, bring a new, unwrapped toy to any of the 13 Jim Ellis dealerships in Atlanta, Buford, Kennesaw and Marietta during business hours:  Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. A collection box will be available at each dealership for customers to drop off the toys that will go to less fortunate children. Keep in mind as you decide what you would like to give, that the program collects toys for children up to age 12.

Toys for Tots was founded by Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR, in Los Angeles California in 1947 when 5,000 toys were collected during a 1947 campaign before Christmas. The next year the United States Marine Corps Reserves adopted the program as a community action project, and each Reserve Center throughout the nation began to conduct toy collection and distribution in their local communities. During the 1970s, public support for the program grew as civilian organizations and individuals began assisting the Reserve Units with local programs, increasing the amount of toys collected and distributed annually to an average of 6 million. Beginning in 1980, the Marines began collecting and distributing new toys only. Today local collections take place in more than 700 communities in all 50 states.

The toys collected at Jim Ellis dealerships will be sorted by age and gender and distributed to economically disadvantaged children throughout the metro Atlanta area. The goal of the program is to bring a message of hope to these children at Christmas by allowing them to experience the holiday’s joy through receiving a gift they might not normally get. For more information about Toys for Tots visit their website or click here to see how you can volunteer.

If you find your family or one that you know in need of assistance with gifts this Christmas, you can request a toy. Click here to provide your location and child’s information, and a representative will contact you.

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