Terrell Thomas of the Giants, Jerome Felton of the Lions and Justin Forsett of the Seahawks available with Lt. General Pete Osman, President of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
This year the holiday season and football season are one and the same as the NFL and Toys for Tots launch Touchdown for Tots! Football fans can score one for the kids at home by supporting Touchdown for Tots and getting Christmas presents to needy children. Its win-win!
Help from the NFL players couldn’t come at a more critical time. With 14 million U.S. children living in poverty every day, many children risk disappointment this Christmas morning. Unemployment is still at all-time highs, 9.6% with forecasts projecting it to remain at elevated levels throughout 2010. For the third straight year, this protracted economic downturn continues to put financial and emotional strain on families, leaving many without the resources to deliver the magic of the holiday. Since 1947, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve units have conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in communities nationwide to bring the joy of Christmas to America’s most disadvantaged children. This boost from the NFL with Touchdown for Tots is just what they need!
On December 7, Lt. Gen. Pete Osman, President of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, is joined by NFL players Terrell Thomas, Jerome Felton and Justin Forsett to get your listeners fired up for the season of giving!
Touchdown for Tots will run through December 24, and fans can support the exciting national toy drive in numerous ways! NFL teams from coast to coast will be conducting toy drives now through December 19th. Fans can bring a new, unwrapped toy on certain game days when local Marines will be at the stadium to collect toys for kids in the communities where they are donated. Some teams will be hosting special shopping trips with players as well.
And no matter where you live and which team you root for, football fans can text TD to 50555 to make a $5 donation. Every $5 donated will help put a new toy in the hands of a deserving child! Or when youre online reading the latest scores or choosing the weeks players for your fantasy football team, visit www.toysfortots.org/touchdown to make a donation.
About the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation: The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not for profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Now in its 62nd year, Toys for Tots provides joy and a message of hope to economically disadvantaged children through the gift of a new toy during the Christmas holiday season. Our gifts offer these children hope, recognition and a positive memory they will cherish for a lifetime. Many of the gifts they provide, such as books, games and sports equipment, make a significant contribution to the educational, social and recreational development of these children.
For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org/touchdown.