giving gifts

What do William Shatner, The Dooby Brothers, Phyllis Diller, The Lone Ranger and Tonto, Eartha Kitt, Jimmy Stewart, Kenny Rogers, Ronald Reagan and Bugs Bunny have in common?  They’ve all worked in support of the Toys for Tots Foundation.  This season Leftbankers join them and the Marine Corps (who started the whole thing).

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Leftbank this week.  Drop it in the collection bin in the lobby or leave it in office 115.  On Thursday, the Marines will come collect the loot and hand it off to Santa.  They need toys for kids aged 0-15, and there aren’t recomendations for any specific toys to donate.  Instead, you’re asked to imagine buying for your own kids or nieces or nephews.  Get something they’d like, and some other kids will surely be delighted, too!  The only restrictions are spelled out below.  From the Toys for Tots website:

“The toys that are not allowed are toys with military theme, toys related to weapons/law enforcement type toys, toys with candy, used toys, no chemicals (i.e. experimental labs, acid, crystal projects, etc.).  The Toys For tots program does not allow these types of toys.  The Toys For Tots of the Marine Corps reserve will not distribute toys fitting this description.   Instead, the toys that fall into any one of these categories will be donated to another charitable organization.”