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Quaker Oats Box Story

It was Christmas Eve and Delores, a single mother struggling to make ends meet, was working...

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Quaker Oats Box Story

It was Christmas Eve and Delores, a single mother struggling to make ends meet, was working at the kitchen table painting a round Quaker Oats box. She was trying to make it look like a little toy drum. This would be her four year old son's only toy for Christmas. She hoped he wouldn't recognize that it had been a box of cereal earlier in the day. She had two straws that would be the drum sticks. Delores had nothing for her two year old daughter, but was hopeful that she was still too young to really understand what Christmas was all about. Someone had given her a scrawny, ‘Charlie Brown’ Christmas tree for her family to enjoy, but there were no presents under it.

As Christmas Eve continued Delores became more depressed at her situation. Her husband had left her and the children, she had no real family to count on and she was penniless. The job she had paid barely enough for a scant one-bedroom apartment and put a little food on the table. She could handle not having nice things, but it hurt deeply not being able to provide for her children this Christmas like other parents were able to.

At the height of her misery there came an unexpected knock at her door. It took her a minute to respond since she had to hide the toy drum she was painting in the kitchen. When she finally got to the door she found her two curious children already standing there. She then opened the door but found no one there; only a box with toys was left on the stoop. A couple of the toys were for a little boy about four and a couple were for a little girl about two. Of course both children were excited and they just knew that Santa Claus had left those gifts for them. Delores knew differently. She watched as two Marines got into their van and drove away to their next Toys for Tots house. With a smile, Delores put the oats back into a very colorful Quaker Oat box.

Marine Toys For Tots Foundation

The Marine Toys For Tots Foundation is the official charity for the United States Marine Corps and Marine Reserve. Charity Navigator awarded the Foundation a 4-star rating, the top rating. Reader’s Digest, named Marine Toys for Tots Foundation “America’s Best Children’s Charity.” Toys For Tots raised over $40 million in 2014. Since its founding in 1947, Over its life span, the Marine Toys for Tots Program distributed over 494 million toys to over 230 million less fortunate children. It has been supported by numerous celebrities including First Lady Michelle Obama.

“We’re excited to participate in this terrific campaign to support our Toys for Tots program,” said retired Marine Major Bill Grein, Vice President of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “While we receive many new, unwrapped toys for deserving youngsters, monetary contributions supplement our efforts and help support our program. It also helps us provide additional gifts for those ‘hard to buy for’ teens and pre-teens. We are very grateful to J.C. and for their generosity and support of our 2015 campaign,” he added.

“Contributing online is simple and easy and a great way to assist the Marine Corps Reserve in helping families give their children a memorable holiday,” Grein said.

The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect new, unwrapped toys during the Christmas holiday season. By providing less fortunate children with a shiny new toy, we deliver a message of hope that will help them become responsible, productive, and caring citizens. National corporate partners/sponsors include Hasbro, Toys “R” Us, Babies R Us, Build-A-Bear, The UPS Store, The Disney Company and Macy’s.

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JC Lee eBook Excerpts

As a gift for your contribution of $10 or more, you will receive the eBook “It's All About Love – The Lee Family”, a beautiful family album featuring many never before seen personal photographs.


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