DynCorp International recently donated 500 iPod Touch devices to benefit the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Toys for Tots program. The Toys for Tots program collects new, unwrapped toys during each holiday season to distribute as gifts to children in need in the local community.
U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program
The Marine Corps Toys for Tots program was established in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, U.S. Corps Reserve, was searching for an organization to donate a doll that his wife made as a holiday present. No organization existed so he and a group of Marine Reservists launched a program to collect and distribute toys to children in need in the Los Angeles, Calif. area. The next year they expanded the program to a national campaign and now every community with a Marine Reserve Center participates in the holiday program.
The Toys for Tots program objectives are to help less fortunate children throughout the U.S. experience the joy during the holiday season, to play an active role in the development of one of the nation’s most valuable resources – children, to unite all members of local communities in a common cause each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign and to contribute to a better future for many communities.
Volunteers in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, area support Toys for Tots by helping collect donations and monetary support. Donations of new, unwrapped toys are accepted for children through the age of 12 years old as well as monetary donations used to purchase gifts.
DynCorp International Holiday Support – DI Cares
DynCorp International also donated 500 iPod Touch devices during the holiday season to support the Greater Dallas Community Development Corporation (CDC) to distribute to the Dallas/Fort Worth Kids At Risk program.
The CDC works with children in the local school district and partners with afterschool programs. Students that receive an iPod Touch device through this program will be able to download assignments, applications and other programs to be used for studying.
Other 2012 holiday support included:
- DI team members in Fort Worth, Texas, participated in a holiday food drive to support the Tarrant Area Food Bank, which provides food to more than300 charities around Tarrant County.
- DI also participated in the USO-Metro Holiday Meals Program and supported the USO-Metro Comfort and Care Bags program by donating iPod Touch devices to wounded warriors.
- Around Thanksgiving, DI participated in the USO-Metro Turkeys for Troops program as a corporate sponsor and by volunteering to help pack food boxes for local military families.
- Through the Food for Others Thanksgiving Food Drive, DI donated nearly 500 pounds of food to benefit families in Northern Virginia.