Des Moines, Iowa – A holiday tradition is underway in Iowa that was started by the U-S Marine Corps in 1947 to help provide Christmas gifts to children of soldiers who were killed during World War Two. Retired General Pete Osman is C-E-O for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. Some 110-thousand Iowa children are living in poverty, 15-million kids nationwide, and Osman says the numbers grow every year.
Iowans are being urged to contribute however they can, through donating toys, cash or their time. Osman says it’s easy to take part, especially if you’re already going to be out shopping.
All donations made in Iowa stay in Iowa and they typically go to children in the community where the donation was made.
Volunteers are also needed to help sort toys by age and gender at the charity’s warehouses at several locations in Iowa.