Members of the Hashtag Heroes bought toys such as dolls, toy cars, games and other gifts for needy children so they can enjoy Christmas by having some newly bought presents. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, which spearheads the Toys for Tots program, gathered toys from many individuals, businesses and organizations in Houston, including the Hashtag Heroes, and distributed the gifts to less fortunate children at the George R. Brown Convention Center on December 14. Families came in and chose either three toys or a bicycle. These were low-income families or were families that experienced a recent tragedy in their lives.
“We love to give back to the community and children in need,” said Josh Walters, an SSD F.A.I.R. Strategist. “Donating these toys accomplishes both of these goals, and we are doing it at Christmas time when it counts the most!”
Recently, Hashtag Heroes members gathered the toys they planned to donate and handed them over to the U.S. Marine Corps for distribution. Lance Corporal Thurman Puckett was on hand for the donation ceremony.
“We want these families to have a good Christmas,” Puckett said. “There is a lot of bad going on in the world. Donating toys shows good humility in people and hopefully this will change the outlook on the world for these families in a positive way.”
The Hashtag Heroes is a charitable organization founded by SSD. They use their social media and web marketing skills to become active within the community and help those in need. By creating profile pages on major social outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, Hashtag Heroes can attract followers who are then labeled as “heroes.” Every week, charitable organizations send SSD a “wish list” of needs for individual families within the Houston area. After selecting one or two of the families, the “heroes” are notified and then they respond by meeting the need. More information about Hashtag Heroes is available by logging on to http://www.serversidedesign.com/
Toys for Tots began in 1947, and since then more than 452 million toys have been distributed to over 209 million needy children. Marine Toys for Tots Foundation began in 1991 and has been involved in the fundraising and support of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program since that time. Over their lifespan, they have supplemented local toy collections with more than 98 million toys valued at more than $694 million. They have also provided promotion and support materials valued at over $8.5 million. To learn more about the Toys for Tots program, log on to http://www.toysfortots.org.