The annual toy collection drive for under-privileged children returns to Stevens Transport. Beginning on Monday, November 19, the familiar toy collection boxes for new, unwrapped toys will be located throughout the Stevens Transport headquarters in Dallas. The Toys for Tots program is a national community action program established in 1947 by the U.S. Marine Corps and is America’s most popular children’s holiday charity. The mission is to bring the joy of the holidays to America’s less fortunate children. Toys for Tots is a national program with a local touch. There are nearly 800 local toy collection and distribution programs across all fifty states, DC and U.S. Territories and distributes an annual average of 18 million today to 7 million children-in-need.
The Toys for Tots charity was introduced to our Dallas trucking headquarters by Melody Bronson, who began her career with Stevens Transport in December of 1992. Melody is veteran and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. As a Marine, she began working with Toys for Tots in the 1980’s. About ten years ago, Melody got Stevens Transport involved with the Toys for Tots toy drive and it’s grown annually.
Our Toys For Tots collection proves to be a successful toy drive year after year. Any age group needs toys, but the older age group of 11-12 year olds is who seem to be hard to make donations for. So many in this age group want electronics which can tend to be more pricey. Board games for this age group are good; arts and crafts, robotics and sports equipment like basketballs and footballs, too. Bicycles are always a great donation for any age group.– Melody Bronson
The toy boxes are placed throughout the Stevens Transport building in various offices for the office staff to bring and donate toys. For those who don’t have an opportunity to shop a toy donation, Melody will personally accept monetary donations and make a big toy buying run right before it’s time to turn in the collected toys to the Toys for Tots warehouse.
This is how most of our drivers contribute to the toy drive. Some will bring by a toy, but most donate money and I will go do their shopping.– Melody Bronson
Toys for Tots is a program that both headquarter staff and drivers can easily participate in. Every donation counts, regardless of size or cost. Small monetary donations can go a long way in bringing some joy to a child this holiday season.
Through the years, Stevens Transport employees have created interesting ways to take their gift-giving to new level. “Our Dallas Brokerage office does something fun each year with the toy drive. They draw names amongst their fellow workers and then they buy that person a toy….they bring it to work all wrapped up for their person to open and then it gets donated!”
Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders; civic, business and social. Alarmingly, approximately 15 million American children live in poverty. Stevens Transport is honored to be a part of the U.S. Marine Corp’s annual Toys for Tots; bringing holiday cheer and smiles to under-privileged children across the nation. This year, we are collecting new and unwrapped toys starting Monday, November 19th through Wednesday, December 12th. We will have collection boxes located throughout headquarters in Dallas. Make a child smile this Christmas…we promise you won’t regret it!