The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was founded in 1947 in Los Angeles by Major Bill Hendricks and his wife, Diane. Diane had made handcrafted dolls and wanted to give them to kids in need. When Diane found out that no charity existed, she wanted to start one.
Major Bill Hendricks’s civilian job, Director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers, gave him and his wife the connections they needed, from celebrities to Disney officials. Disney even created the first Toys for Tots poster, which later became the logo you see today.
In 1991 the IRS officially recognized Toys for Tots as a nonprofit charity. Today this charity has become nationwide; collecting toys, raising funds to purchase toys, educating the public, and so much more.
The Bucks County Chapter for Toys for Tots has grown substantially over the years. They originally had only two volunteers and three businesses, but now Bucks County has three dozen volunteers and 325 businesses that help in taking part in this amazing charity.
With a population of 670,000 plus, Bucks County last year was able to distribute 36,265 toys to 6,540 children in need.
Kenderdine’s Heating Oil & HVAC has been proudly collecting and donating thousands of toys to The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation for almost 20 years to the Bucks County Chapter. Our employees, their families, and especially our customers participate in this amazing charity year after year.
We will continue to donate and be part of Bucks County’s Chapter this year and in years to come.
If you are interested in donating this year to The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, you can drop off any new, unwrapped toys or cash donations at either one of our locations, 500 S. State Street or across the street at 507 S. State Street, Newtown.
Even simpler, give your toy or donation to one of our employees when they are at your home for service or a delivery. They would be glad to place it in the donation box on your behalf.