In 1947, Diane Hendricks made a doll and asked her husband, Maj. Bill Hendricks, US Marine Corps Reserve, to find a local charity in the Los Angeles area that would give it to a needy child. When he was unable to locate one, she suggested that he start one.
That year, Maj. Hendricks teamed with other Marine reservists, collecting and distributing 5,000 toys to children that year.
In 1948, the Marine Corps adopted the Toys for Tots program and it has been running steadily since, with the help of celebrities such as Bob Hope, Kenny Rodgers and First Lady Michelle Obama. One little known fact – Walt Disney designed the organization’s logo.
You can drop off toys at any Toys and/or Babies R Us, or one of the locations in Bowie listed below.
Ettienne's Premier Pediatric Care: Rachel Bigelow
Mon-Thurs 8:30am-4:30pm (closed 12:30-1:30 for lunch); Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
2905 Mitchellville Road, Bowie, Maryland, 20716
Liberty Travel- Bowie Town Center: Martinique Person
9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
15401 Excelsior Drive, Bowie, Maryland, 20716