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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 April 25, 1958 reads "Capt. Carleton Bingham, commanding officer of North Hollywood Marine Reserve, Battery A, second from left, and Major Fred A. Kraus, right, view toy repair shop at San Fernando Veterans Hospital and inspect patients' work displayed by, from left, Barbara Gage, chief of student training, occupational therapy department; Lowell C. Like, manager of hospital, and patient Roy B. Connor."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. Photographic prints
00133417 ValleyÂ Times Collection HCNVT_d040_f7_i22 CARL0005579018 http://220.127.116.11/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/63894
United States.--Marine Corps Reserve Veterans Administration Hospital (San Fernando, Calif.) Veterans Administration Hospital (San Fernando, Calif.)--Employees Men--California--Los Angeles Women--California--Los Angeles Hospital patients--California--Los Angeles Soldiers--United States Armed Forces--Reserves Military uniforms Toys--California--Los Angeles Miniature objects--California--Los Angeles Hospitals--California--Sylmar (Los Angeles) Sylmar (Los Angeles, Calif.) Portrait photographs Group portraits Valley Times Collection photographs