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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
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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 Costumes San Fernando Valley (Calif.) Portrait photographs Group portraits Valley Times Collection photographs