Top 5 Reasons You Should Donate To Toys For Tots!

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Donate To Toys For Tots!

We here at Dalinghaus Construction are all about GIVING BACK! Last month we partnered with the USO to provide Thanksgiving meals to local military families in need. This month, is all about the kids! We believe that EVERY child deserves to feel the magic of the season! We want to get gifts to as many deserving kiddos as we can. Every year, we host an annual Toys For Tots event at our shop in Lake Elsinore…and we LOVE it! Nothing better than bringing together our employees, their families, and our friends from the community for such a great cause!

If you don’t know the history of the program, Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR, and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The idea came from Bill’s wife, Diane.  In the fall of 1947, Diane handcrafted a Raggedy Ann doll and asked Bill to deliver the doll to an organization, which would give it to a needy child at Christmas. When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one. He did.

The 1947 campaign was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign. That year, Marine Corps Reserve units across the nation conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in each community in which a Marine Reserve Center was located.

The Marine Toys for Tots Program collected and distributed 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children in this past year allowing them to experience the joy of Christmas and receive a message of hope that otherwise would not have been there. This community action program took place in over 800 communities covering all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

This year, our event will be taking place on December 13th, and our goal is to fill 10 giant boxes for the kiddos in our community. And there is only one way to do that…with the help of awesome folks like YOU! And if you need some convincing to donate…here my top 5 reasons to donate to Toys For Tots this season!

  1. Your donation is tax deductible! Save those receipts for your tax professional! April 15th will be here before you know it!
  2. Pay It Forward! 2019 has been good to you! By donating, you’ll make the holidays less stressful on parents who may not be able to buy their children gifts.
  3. Need another reason to go shopping? Donating to Toys for Tots can be that reason, and you’ll be giving to a great cause. 
  4.  You’ll make a child’s holiday much brighter. Just imagine the joy on a child’s face after receiving a gift they wished for.
  5. Technology has made it so easy to donate! Thanks to the power of the internet, you can bless a child with a couple clicks of your smartphone! Amazon can get it here in 2 days!

Donating is very simple! If shopping online, you can ship toys directly to our shop. You can send it to:

Dalinghaus Construction

540 Crane St.

Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

If you follow us on social media, please include your name, your business name, or your Instagram handle so we can say thank you! If you are in the Southern California area, and have a toy in hand you want to donate, but can’t make it down to drop off…WE WILL COME TO YOU! We have our foundation repair professionals throughout SoCal everyday! If you want to arrange a pickup, you can email me directly:

We will be hosting our annual Toys For Tots collection event on December 13th (JUST NEXT WEEK)…so please donate today! Like I said, this season is all about the kids, so lets spread some joy this Christmas!!!



Justin Sexton

Justin joins the Dalinghaus Construction family with a significant background in logistics and project management. He joined the team in early 2017 as a foundation inspector, but quickly transitioned towards a marketing role. He now manages the marketing department and creates everything that you see from us digitally.

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