At the Condado Vanderbilt, we are delighted to be a part of the Toys for Tots mission in Puerto Rico. It is an honor to help local children in need and bring them some joy during this holiday season. Toys for Tots is a US Marine Corps program with a mission to collect and distribute new unwrapped toys for less fortunate children every Christmas.
Every child deserves the experience of finding a gift under their Christmas tree, and at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel we are honored to be part of this message of hope, for the third consecutive year, through the gift of a new toy with our Toys for Tots drive-by.
Pass by the Condado Vanderbilt on every Friday of November, and leave your donation on our collection box by our entrance; you can literally drive by and not get out of your car. Toys of all ages are more than welcome, but they must be new and unwrapped. No weapons, toys with candy food or chemicals allowed. If you wish to make a monetary donation, you can do so here.
Toys for Tots started as a charity effort in Los Angeles, California in 1947. William Hendricks was inspired by his wife, Diane, when she tried to donate a homemade doll to a child in need, but she could not find an organization dedicated to this. Because of this, Mr. Hendricks met with a group of US Marines, including Lt. Col. John Hampton, who coordinated and collected approximately 5,000 toys for local children. Their efforts were so successful, that in 1948 Toys for Tots was officially created as a national campaign.
In an alarming rate, 13 million children live in poverty in America. Studies confirm that growing up in poverty can have a negative psychological impact in a child, one of these being low self-esteem. Receiving a toy full of joy, and a sort of mentorship from the US Marines through this wonderful program sends a message of hope and creates an example to follow for these children who look up to our Marines. They are the future leaders of our communities and society.