Toys For Tots: The mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. This assistance includes providing day-to-day leadership and oversight of the Program, raising funds to provide toys to supplement the collections of local Toys for Tots Campaigns, to provide promotional and support material and defray the costs of conducting annual Toys for Tots Campaigns. Other Foundation support includes providing administrative, advisory, financial, logistic and promotional support to local Toys for Tots Coordinators; managing funds raised and monies donated based on the use of Toys for Tots name or logo; providing other support the Marine Corps, as a federal agency, cannot provide; and conducting public education and information programs about Toys for Tots that call the general public to action in support of this patriotic community action program. And another reason we love Toys for Tots, 96% of your online donation on their site goes directly to our mission of providing toys and other gifts to less fortunate children.
Childhelp: If you’ve ever heard Jen talk about foster care and her heart to help abused and traumatized children, then you’ve heard her passion for Childhelp and the truly healing and inspiring work they do. Their work is so transformative, their founders have been nominated for 9 Nobel Peace Prizes. If it were up to Jen, she’d take up the next two hours of your life telling you about Childhelp, so we’ll just point you to Childhelp’s website and tell you they’re amazing. And another reason we love Childhlep, over 85% of every dollar donated goes directly toward their program cost. This Christmas, in addition to raising toys for Toys for Tots, we have committed to give every child living in one of Childhelp's therapeutic villages a Christmas gift this year.
Comfort Cases: Comfort Cases founder, and incredible human, Rob Scheer, was given a trash bag to pack his belongings, as he entered his first foster home at the age of 12. When he aged out of the system at 18, he became homeless, and again packed up his belongings in a trash bag. Nearly 30 years later when he became a foster parent, his four children arrived at his home with trash bags. He was saddened that nothing had changed. In 2013, Rob’s family and their community founded Comfort Cases and set out on a mission to eliminate trash bags from the foster care system.
Over 700 children enter the foster care system each day. MOST ARE GIVEN A TRASH BAG TO CARRY THEIR BELONGINGS.
These children have been neglected and often feel like they don’t matter. Many do not own a toothbrush or have a pair of pajamas.
A Comfort Case gives a child entering foster care a sense of dignity and hope. Each is packed with a cozy new pair of pajamas, a stuffed animal to hug, a toothbrush, soap, and other personal care items. The gift of these simple items tells a child, you matter.