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Barrel of fun
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Valley Times Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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 20, 1959 reads "Jerry Mathers, at right, star in title role of 'Leave it to Beaver,' and Marine M/Sgt. James Lau are astonished at finding Chucko the Clown in one of barrels they hope to fill with toys when KABC-TV and Marine Corps Reserve present 'Chucko's Christmas Show for Toys for Tots' at 1 p.m. Nov. 28 at Los Angeles Sports Arena. Admission will be by one new, unwrapped toy per person."
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Mathers, Jerry
United States.--Marine Corps Reserve
Men--California--San Fernando Valley
Boys--California--San Fernando Valley
Soldiers--United States
Child actors--California--San Fernando Valley
Television actors and actresses--United States
Clowns--California--San Fernando Valley
Armed Forces--Reserves
Military uniforms
Barrels--California--San Fernando Valley
Theatrical makeup--California--San Fernando Valley
San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Group portraits
Valley Times Collection photographs
Time Period

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