The 2012 Toys for Tots national campaign kicked off on Oct. 30 and goes through Dec. 8. Toys for Tots annually collects and distributes toys in communities where Marine Corps Reserve Units are located to help less fortunate children experience the joy of Christmas. PODS® franchises and corporate-owned locations will donate their signature containers in over 200 communities across the country to help collect new, unwrapped toys.
“Working with Toys for Tots has become a favorite holiday tradition here at PODS,” said John Koch, PODS president and CEO. “There is nothing more gratifying than lending our support to put smiles on thousands of children’s faces during the holidays.”
The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help children in need experience the joy of Christmas, to nurture the development of children, to unite members of local communities in a common cause and to contribute to the future betterment of communities. In the 63 years since the Toys for Tots program began, the Marines have distributed more than 419 million toys to more than 195 million underprivileged children.
Last year, PODS provided more than 170 PODS® containers to the Toys for Tots annual toy drive.
About PODS Enterprises, Inc.
Founded in 1998, PODS currently provides moving and storage services to a population of more than 240 million consumers, in 48 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the UK, through its company-owned and independent franchise network. To date, the PODS network has completed more than 400,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded 2,000,000 deliveries and has over 145,000 PODS® containers in service.
PODS secure containers are constructed of a steel frame and are available in three sizes: approximately 7-by-7-by-8 feet, 12-by-8-by-8 feet and 16-by-8-by-8 feet. The 12-foot and 16-foot containers have been tested to withstand winds of more than 110-mph when partially loaded. For more information or to schedule service, visit PODS.com or call 800-776-7637.
About Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
Toys for Tots, a 65 year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to disadvantaged children during each Christmas holiday season. The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime. It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community. Last year the Marine Corps fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 7.4 million less fortunate children. Since 1947 over 195 million children have been assisted. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.