Toys for Tots
Each year since 2011, the American Association has spearheaded the Toys for Tots program in Singapore, joining forces with the US Marines and The American Club to host a charitable and festive family event benefiting the Toys for Tots program.Children and adults have loads of fun while collecting a bounty of toys to be distributed as Christmas gifts to needy children in Singapore. This event is a wonderful way to share with your family the joy of giving to others while you are living in Singapore. This event is a wonderful coming together of the American community organizations as it's supported by the US Embassy, The American Club, and AAS.
This is a wonderful way to teach your family the joy of giving during this festive season. Not only does your family contribut towards a worthy cause, but every year, children who attend the event also enjoy a wide variety of activities and food:
live musical performances by the SAS Singers
photos with Santa
appearance by US Marines
Star Wars characters
... and so much more!
ABOUT TOYS FOR TOTS
Toys for Tots began in 1947 as the brain child of Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks. That's right! Toys for Tots is 75 years old this year! Actually, it was Bill's wife, Diane, who was the real inspiration. She had a few handcrafted dolls and asked Bill to deliver them to an agency that supports children in need. When Bill reported back to his wife that he could not find such an organization, she instructed him to “start one!”. Major Hendricks and the Marines in his reserve unit in LA collected and distributed 5,000 toys in 1947. Seeing such successful community engagement in 1947, the Commandant directed all Marine Reserve Sites to implement a TFT campaign transforming it into a national community action program in 1948. Presently, the Marine Toys for Tots Program distributes an average of 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children across the globe annually. We are very proud to contribute to this wonderful effort here in Singapore.
ABOUT OUR CO-SPONSOR
The American Club's goal is to create a vibrant community with a distinct American culture; a place that families can proudly call their home away from home. The Club is in the happiness business, striving to enrich the lives of our Members, employees, guests and partners through fun, food, fitness and family, delivered with passion and pride. We are grateful for their support of Toys for Tots this year.
ABOUT OUR LOGISTICS PARTNER
Allied does a great job delivering and picking up all the boxes for us. We couldn't do this event without them! And also a huge shout out to the Scouts and Girl Scouts who wrap all the collection. Bravo!