Northern Virginia Toys for Tots Accepting Donations | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Northern Virginia Toys for Tots Accepting Donations

Play associated audio
The Northern Virginia Toys for Tots will be accepting donations until Dec. 18.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/usembsweden/5265478355/
The Northern Virginia Toys for Tots will be accepting donations until Dec. 18.

Sixty-five years ago, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation collected its first toy: a handmade Raggedy Ann doll. Now the program collects more than 16 million toys for children nationally and allows Marines to show a different side of their service.

"We're not just these war machines that every thinks about," says Staff Sgt. Oscar Villegas, the toy drive's Northern Virginia coordinator. "Every marine wants to put on their blues uniform and go out there and make a difference here at home."

A bad economy usually means fewer donations for charitable foundations like his, but Toys for Tots continues to grow. Last Christmas, Villegas's Northern Virginia chapter donated toys to almost 80,000 kids.

"I guess that's the good thing about America, people still want to give," he says. "We put the message out that we are in need of toys, and people respond pretty good to that."

Donations are accepted in Northern Virginia until Dec. 18.

NPR

A Puzzle With Everything, Including The Kitchen Sink

Each word provided is an anagram of something you might see in a kitchen. For example, "skin" is an anagram of "sink."
NPR

'Into The Wild' Author Tries Science To Solve Toxic Seed Mystery

Jon Krakauer has long been haunted by how Christopher McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness. In a scientific journal, he and a chemist show that the seeds McCandless consumed can contain a toxin.
NPR

5 Things You Should Know About Carly Fiorina

The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard once had a stint filing and typing for the company. She also dropped out of law school, survived breast cancer and once ran a campaign ad featuring demon sheep.
NPR

3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

You just can't stick a modern mouthpiece on an antique saxophone and get the right sound. The answer could be in the lab.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.