Fueled by his belief that we all need to do our part to make our communities better for our children, Los Angeles based real-estate philanthropist, Howard Rudzki, has donated five cases of plush toys to the Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots program.
“With so many children in need this holiday season, I hope this donation can help brighten the holiday season for children in need,” Rudzki said. “We are in the midst of one of the worst recession in our country’s history and its effects have been felt in every city. I wanted to do my part to help because I know that this may be the only gift that some of these kids receive this year.”
The Toys for Tots charitable effort started in 1947 in Los Angeles when Marine Corp Major Bill Hendricks was inspired by wife Diane’s attempts to donate a Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child, but couldn’t find a charity that would take it.
At her suggestion, he and a group of local Marine reservist coordinated and collected 5,000 toys for local children. Their efforts were so successful that in 1948, Toys for Tots was launched as a national campaign. Since then the program has collected and distributed hundreds of millions of toys to help less fortunate children throughout the United States so that they can experience the joy of Christmas.
Toys for Tots objective is to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.