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December 13, 1997 | TOM BECKER
A few years ago, a promising kid took the field of the archery course in Woodley Park and delighted the crowd with pinpoint precision, drilling arrow after arrow in and around the colorful target's bull's eye. Last year, that marksman, Justin Huish, did the same thing at a slightly larger venue in Atlanta at the Summer Olympics and captured a gold medal.
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November 22, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Ellen DeGeneres and a few good men (and kids) braved whipping winds, frequently departing aircraft and the threat of rain Friday at Van Nuys Airport to symbolically load up a plane and kick off a Toys for Tots campaign partnered with Duracell, aiming to see as many as to 1 million batteries donated to needy kids this holiday season. "With Christmas, as you get older, it's about the joy you get from giving and seeing the reaction of the other person," she said Friday amid the volunteer corps of Marines and children.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1986 | RAY PEREZ and LEONEL SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writers
The Toys for Tots drive, a popular Christmas charity, is having a tough time meeting its 1986 Orange County goal of collecting 25,000 toys for needy children, a U.S. Marine Corps spokeswoman said Wednesday. Sgt. Barbara E. Omohundro said that last Monday's deadline for collecting the toys had been extended until Friday because the U.S. Marine Reserves, which sponsors the drive, is far short of its goal.
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December 19, 2004 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
Toys fill the gymnasium -- boxes of teddy bears press against a weapons cabinet, bags of dolls and games are stacked high -- but it isn't Christmas as usual at this Marine Corps Reserves training center. This year, the program that has put toys into the hands of millions of kids and let the nation see the softer side of Marines for close to 60 years -- Toys for Tots -- is missing many of the men and women who are its driving force.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1997 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It started with a homemade rag doll. Diane Hendricks made it in 1947 and asked her husband to give it to charity. But William Hendricks, then a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, couldn't find a charity that gave Christmas gifts to needy children, and so started his own, running it from his office in the publicity department of Warner Bros. Studios. It was the birth of Toys for Tots, the national effort by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves to collect toys for poor children.
NEWS
June 28, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The former president of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation, who defrauded the organization of $1.8 million, was sentenced in Brooklyn, N.Y., to nearly five years in prison and ordered to repay the nonprofit charity for its losses. Indicted on 22 counts, Jerry Lee King pleaded guilty in March to one count of wire fraud and one count of making false statements on a tax return.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1997 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It started with a homemade rag doll. Diane Hendricks made it in 1947 and asked her husband to give it to charity. But William Hendricks, then a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, couldn't find a charity that gave Christmas gifts to needy children, and so he started his own, running it from his office in the publicity department of Warner Bros. Studios. It was the birth of Toys for Tots, the national effort by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves to collect toys for poor children.
NEWS
January 5, 1992
This is a sincere letter of thanks to all of you who recently donated to the South Pasadena Police Department's Toys for Tots program. The number of toys that was collected and turned over to the Marine Corps for distribution was way beyond my expectations. Toys were brought to the Police Station by local service clubs, Rotary and Kiwanis in particular, and other area organizations such as the Shriners. Several bags of toys were collected by students at South Pasadena High School, Marengo School and from the Alhambra School District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1992 | MAIA DAVIS
The annual Toys-for-Tots Drive, which funnels Christmas toys to needy Ventura County children, is under way. Sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve, the annual drive collects toys that will be distributed by local charities to poor, ill or institutionalized children throughout the county. "Without us intervening, there's probably a pretty good chance they wouldn't get any toys for Christmas," said Marine Capt. Scott Morton.
NEWS
April 1, 1992 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
William L. (Bill) Hendricks, the retired Marine Corps colonel who was inspired by a homemade rag doll to found the Toys for Tots campaign that has brought a measure of Christmas festivity to millions of needy youngsters for 45 years, has died. Hendricks, whose civilian career included the production of films, cartoons and TV commercials for Warner Bros., was 87 when he died Sunday. He was a longtime resident of Burbank.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2002 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
When organizers of Toys for Tots opened one of their storage warehouses at the former El Toro Marine base, they expected to find it half full. Instead, it was empty, and the unexpected shortage made them fret that a lot of needy children would go without Christmas presents, especially in Orange County. But an appeal to the public in recent days has helped fill the gap, and the group has about 80% of the toys needed, said Scott Mather, a toy organizer with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
NEWS
June 28, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The former president of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation, who defrauded the organization of $1.8 million, was sentenced in Brooklyn, N.Y., to nearly five years in prison and ordered to repay the nonprofit charity for its losses. Indicted on 22 counts, Jerry Lee King pleaded guilty in March to one count of wire fraud and one count of making false statements on a tax return.
NEWS
December 11, 1998
If you've got the dice, might as well let 'em roll. That was Natalie Tass' thinking when she hosted a party Saturday at Josh Slocums in Newport Beach to benefit Toys for Tots. Tass, who owns Front End Vintage Clothing store in Newport Beach, asked each of her 250 guests to bring an unwrapped toy . . . and something else: "I collect vintage dice, so everyone was to bring a pair. The best ones won gift certificates to the store," she says. The winners?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 1997 | ROBYN LOEWENTHAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you want something to do with the family this weekend that supports the spirit of giving but won't break the bank, a best bet is KHAY-FM (100.7) radio's Toys for Tots benefit show Friday at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. The talent roster includes Rhett Akins, Sara Evans, Jason Sellers, Kris Tyler and Jim Collins--five new Nashville recording artists whose music is on the national charts. Caught Red Handed, a local favorite on the country dance scene, is also on the bill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1997 | TOM BECKER
A few years ago, a promising kid took the field of the archery course in Woodley Park and delighted the crowd with pinpoint precision, drilling arrow after arrow in and around the colorful target's bull's eye. Last year, that marksman, Justin Huish, did the same thing at a slightly larger venue in Atlanta at the Summer Olympics and captured a gold medal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1997 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It started with a homemade rag doll. Diane Hendricks made it in 1947 and asked her husband to give it to charity. But William Hendricks, then a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, couldn't find a charity that gave Christmas gifts to needy children, and so started his own, running it from his office in the publicity department of Warner Bros. Studios. It was the birth of Toys for Tots, the national effort by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves to collect toys for poor children.
NEWS
December 13, 1987 | Compiled by View Staff
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, thanks to Bill and Diane Hendricks, who started the program for needy Los Angeles children during Christmas, 1947. Diane Hendricks had collected some toys and had knitted a red and white rag doll to give to some underprivileged children who probably wouldn't receive a toy for Christmas. But she couldn't find anyone collecting toys, so she turned to her husband, Bill, for help.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Ellen DeGeneres and a few good men (and kids) braved whipping winds, frequently departing aircraft and the threat of rain Friday at Van Nuys Airport to symbolically load up a plane and kick off a Toys for Tots campaign partnered with Duracell, aiming to see as many as to 1 million batteries donated to needy kids this holiday season. "With Christmas, as you get older, it's about the joy you get from giving and seeing the reaction of the other person," she said Friday amid the volunteer corps of Marines and children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1997 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It started with a homemade rag doll. Diane Hendricks made it in 1947 and asked her husband to give it to charity. But William Hendricks, then a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, couldn't find a charity that gave Christmas gifts to needy children, and so he started his own, running it from his office in the publicity department of Warner Bros. Studios. It was the birth of Toys for Tots, the national effort by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves to collect toys for poor children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1992 | MAIA DAVIS
The annual Toys-for-Tots Drive, which funnels Christmas toys to needy Ventura County children, is under way. Sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve, the annual drive collects toys that will be distributed by local charities to poor, ill or institutionalized children throughout the county. "Without us intervening, there's probably a pretty good chance they wouldn't get any toys for Christmas," said Marine Capt. Scott Morton.
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