Los Angeles Real Estate Philanthropist Supports Marine Corps Toys for Tots.

toys-for-totsFueled 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.

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Howard Rudzki HOWARD RUDZKI Howard Rudzki has turned his passion for bike riding, dogs and education into vehicles to help for good. He started out bike riding when he was 20 for the pleasure and enjoyment that a good ride provides and has been a committed cyclist ever since. Rudzki rides every week either by himself or as part of group and annually participates in fundraising rides. For the last three years, he has ridden in America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, whose mission is to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of lives for their patients and families.When he is not riding, Rudzki spends his time going to animal shelters across the L.A. Basin rescuing older dogs. He is committed to saving displaced, unwanted canines and rehabilitating them with proper medical and nutritional care so they can thrive in safe and caring homes where they will be a loved family member.In addition to helping animals, Rudzki believes he has an obligation to give back to underprivileged communities so that all children are able to receive a good education. Over the years, he has donated computers, printers and software to schools to help develop the future leaders of our city.