'tis the season: www.toysfortots.org

Posted by DULCIE (Danville, CA, United States) on 18 December 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture.

Danville, CA ~

I know it is Christmas time when all around town I see posters attached to fat red barrels like this. In these barrels, folks donate toys to be given away to bring joy to needy children at the Holidays. I think this is done all over the USA. Is it the same in other countries that celebrate this holiday?

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I see a fine history going back to 1947 behind this program but it was, until now, unknown to me in the UK. This year, my generosity went, mostly, toward the "Pensioners Alone At Christmas " program . . I have to admit a potential future interest in that one !

18 Dec 2010 6:37am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

This is a great idea, the only one I know here is the shoe box scheme, you fill a shoe box with bits and bobs either for a girl or a boy.

18 Dec 2010 7:01am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Lovely idea!

18 Dec 2010 7:13am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

We don't have anything like that. Unfortunately, I suspect they would be forever empty....

18 Dec 2010 7:18am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Neat capture

18 Dec 2010 7:32am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

We don't have those kind of barrels in Finland but we have other fundraising operations, E.g. the Salvation Army has pots in the streets and people can give money or left gift packages for poor children.

18 Dec 2010 8:49am

marci from Morocco

the Marine security guards here are running the program - so yes, Toys for Tots is probably in every US embassy throughout the world!

18 Dec 2010 8:51am

@marci: Thanks for this info...I didn't know that. :-)

Florence from Paris, France

Great image/drawing, very retro !

18 Dec 2010 10:53am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Nice shot! Love the colours...

18 Dec 2010 7:06pm

Formerly Known as MontereyJohn from Campbell, CA, United States

A great reminder. I love the "jarheads" and the good things they do, especially this one.

18 Dec 2010 7:29pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Fantastic idea indeed... I know we have associations to gather old toys here for charity, but no barrels like these. Great vintage look :) Enjoy your weekend :)

18 Dec 2010 8:13pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

well done!!

18 Dec 2010 10:02pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

oh ! oh ! oooh ! ;-) I like the vintage mood ! a great idea to collect old toys, some associations do the same, but not in a great scale like this, I think...

22 Dec 2010 8:45am