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Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys at Christmas to needy children. The program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks. It began as a local charitable effort in Los Angeles. The initial effort was so successful that Toys for Tots launched a national campaign in 1948. Photograph caption dated November 30, 1957 reads "Lt. Col. Ed Gilbert, left, commander of the Marine Corps Reserve in Los Angeles, and Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz, center, are shown with Gerald Block, right, president of Builders Emporium, as plans are made for the kickoff of the 1957 'Toys for Tots' campaign. Builders Emporium, again for the third year, will be the San Fernando Valley Collection Headquarters for the toy collection program."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. Photographic prints
00133415 Valley Times Collection HCNVT_d040_f7_i18 CARL0005579016 http://184.108.40.206/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/63892
Biscailuz, Eugene W.,--1883-1969 Los Angeles County (Calif.).--Sheriff's Department--Officials and employees United States.--Marine Corps Reserve Builders Emporium (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Presidents Men--California--Los Angeles Sheriffs--California--Los Angeles County Soldiers--United States Armed Forces--Reserves Military uniforms Signs and signboards--California--North Hollywood (Los Angeles) North Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) Portrait photographs Group portraits Valley Times Collection photographs