December’s Season of Celebrations & Sharing: Marine Corps Collecting for Toys For Tots!

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Marine Corps Toys for TotsDecember’s Season of Celebrations & Sharing:  Marine Corps Collecting for Toys For Tots!

Some of the fiercest warriors that walk God's green earth are also some of the kindest hearted when it comes to kids!  It's time for the annual Toys for Tots campaign and the donation stations are showing up throughout the country.  If there's a Marine Corps Reserve Unit near you, they're in the thick of it.  And if there isn't a station near you, there's some ex-Marine (gotcha....there's no such thing as an EX-Marine)....okay, someone no longer wearing the uniform will be spearheading a toy campaign!  The folks sporting the globe and anchor don't mess around when there's a mission at hand!

Now they make it EASY to help.  Of course they'd love a new unwrapped toy in one of their donation spots!  But if that doesn't work for you, you can always go online and donate (they take ALL major credit cards), and the Marines are tech savvy, so Paypal and eBay are other options!

Now you've GOT to know the Toys for Tots mission right?  They want EVERY kid who would have not had a toy, to have one!  And these guys and gals totally ROCK at efficiency of donated funds.  98% of what you donate goes to toys!  The other 2%?  Fund raising expenses to get the other 98%!  Seriously, that amazing in the world of non-profits!  There's no big shot at the top taking home big bucks! 

So if you want to help, go to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation Website!  You can find local places to donate (like Toys 'R Us), or arrange to make a donation, or host an event!  You name it, they'll find a way to make it work!

Semper Fi!

And a little something extra for you, and if this doesn't bring a tear to your eye then we expect your heart to at least grow one size today!

Serving Warren County's residential real estate needs,

Liz and Bill aka BLiz

P.S.  Thinking of buying or selling a Warren County area home?  Just call The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite!  We're not ex-Marine, we're ex-Navy!

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Jo Soss
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County

This program is dear to my heart. 

Dec 07, 2011 08:30 AM #1
Jim Linaburg
Hayes Realty - Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Having served in the Marine Corps myself, I always find a way to donate either a toy or money for this great cause.  One year we actually had the chance to help a nearby reserve unit collect toys at a local mall in our uniforms and I have to say the response was outstanding.  This is a great program that benefits many underprivileged kids.  Semper Fi!

Dec 07, 2011 08:37 AM #2
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Jo, What person couldn't love what it's about?

Jim, First, thanks for your service!  Personally playing Marine for a week of midshipman training was MORE than enough for me!  That had to be an awesome experience at the mall!  Bill

Dec 07, 2011 08:43 AM #3
Ellie Penaranda
239.776.5077 Downing-Frye Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Florida Real Estate - Waterfront & Beach Co

Hey! slow down Bliz, I just barely finished commenting on your St. Joseph Orphanage post and here you are with the next one :) I think Toys for Tots is everyone's favorite, especially the kids love jumping in.  When my kids were young and I was trying to teach them the pleasure of giving, they had a hard time at first putting toys they just picked (probably thinking they can keep) in the box, then they got in the swing of things and they wanted to throw the whole store in.  You are doing a great job.

Dec 07, 2011 09:23 AM #4
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Ellie, Busy day :)  I love how you instilled that giving trait into your kids!  Wish everyone did that same, life overall would be much better if that attitude was more prevalent :)

Dec 07, 2011 10:00 AM #5
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Liz and Bill:  Absolutely fantastic post!  I learned something, as I didn't know that Toys 'R Us was accepting donations for this charity.  Now that I know, I'll be making sure I drop something off during one of my shopping visits there.  (2 new Grandkids, you know!)  Thanks for the info ... I've Suggested, Tweeted, Googled, and I'm off to FB this info too ...


Dec 07, 2011 10:09 AM #6
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Gene, Thanks for the assist in getting the word out!  Toys R Us, Babies R Us both.  Makes sense for them to be key sponsors, people have to buy the toys somewhere! :)

Dec 07, 2011 10:25 AM #7
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate


Outstanding post! I too did not know about Toys 'R Us was accepting donations for this charity. They rock..suggested this for sure!

Dec 07, 2011 10:36 AM #8
Michael Thornton
RadnorLake Video - Nashville, TN
Nashville Area - Photography & Videography

Good evening, BLiz. This is one of the toy drives I give to every year. Hoo-Ah!!!

Dec 07, 2011 10:44 AM #9
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

I picked up a couple of toys yesterday while doing some quick holiday shopping.  They will be dropped in the box when the Santa Train rolls out of my neighborhood this weekend.

Dec 07, 2011 12:38 PM #10
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Liz & Bill - This is such a fabulous charitable organization, I hope everyone who can give does.

Dec 07, 2011 12:52 PM #11
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Dorie, It's a good combo!  One of the leading toy sellers paired with the leading toy givers!  Perfect match :)

Michael, Thanks for always being there for them!

Cindy, With all the Marines in your area, I'd expect no stone to be unturned.

Michelle, Hopefully so!  It's not like they would run out of needy kids!

Dec 07, 2011 01:27 PM #12
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Liz and Bill,

You did a great job on this post for such a worthwhile cause.

You truly are extraordinary messengers!


Dec 07, 2011 05:13 PM #13
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Liz and Bill,

Wonderful blog for this fantastic event, and one I had blogged about when Dallas had their kickoff event.  Toys for Tots - anyone that can give, please do!

Dec 07, 2011 08:29 PM #14
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Patricia, We try to give every post our best shot, and when it's about helping kids....well that just increases the incentive :)

Lisa, Thanks for adding your support to the program!  Hopefully they have a banner year!

Dec 07, 2011 10:44 PM #15
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

BLiz, it is so good to put this out there because Toys for Tots sponsored by the Marine Corps is one of my favorite charities...

Dec 08, 2011 12:14 AM #16
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

BLiz who can resist giving to kids that would likely not have Christmas if it were not for the kindness of others?  I am so glad that this program exist and thankful for whoever thought of it.

Dec 08, 2011 12:45 AM #17
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Ginny, Great charity to support!  And those folks look pretty sharp in their uniforms!

Charita, There's few better causes in my mind.  Who wants any child to be the one that goes to school after the holidays and has to answer "nothing" for what they got for Christmas?

Dec 08, 2011 01:21 AM #18
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

This is one of my very favorite organizations........Toys for Tots does do much good and NO money is taken for salaries!

Dec 08, 2011 02:06 AM #19
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Barbara-Jo, You have to love the cause and the efficiency of the team :)

Dec 08, 2011 04:01 AM #20
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