Toys for tots program
This is one program that most popular nationally. Toys for tots itself was begin in 1947 by Bill Hendricks, a United States Major in LA, California. At that time, he collect handmade doll and successfully get 5.000 toys to be given as free toys to children for Christmas. His idea is spreading a lot after get support from Walt Disney. Even United Stated Congress recognized this program officially. Nowadays, the free toys to children for Christmas are distributed in all 50 states of America.
The next program to provide free toys to children for Christmas is The Salvation Army Christmas Charity. Funding for this program is collected from Salvation Army. The funding itself will be given in the form of food and other important items for family support. Salvation Army has Red Kettle program that was begin in 1891 by William Booth as the founder of Salvation Army. This program is a kind of cherish since they offer not only free toys to children for Christmas but also other items to support family needs.
Another program that runs by Salvation Army is the Angel Tree. Firstly, it is begin in some communities but now it is spread nationwide in 2010. Each needed children will be given a tag to write down their Christmas wish list without saying their name. The tag then will be hung on tress outside the department stores during Christmas. Everyone can choose the tag and buy as many gifts as they can and bring it to the Salvation Army. Salvation Army then gives the free toys to children for Christmas.
This program has similar idea as the Angel Tree of Salvation Army but held by the Prison Fellowship in 1983. The purpose of this program is giving free toys to children for Christmas while their parents in jail. Not only provide toys, this program is also offer counseling program and basic needs to support the family like food or clothing. Here is how it works:
The prisoner put their children name on angel ornament
The prisoner will add their child Christmas wish list on it
The angel ornament that contain wish list will be hung on a Christmas tree outside shopping center or department store during Christmas season
The shopper will be asked to choose one ornament and buy free toy to children for Christmas and other items listed on it.
The purchased items will be given to the Prisoner Fellowship that will distribute it to the prisoner child.
Those 3 programs can be our inspiration to keep the spirit of sharing through offering free toys to children for Christmas.