Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which donates toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in Los Angeles in 1947, and in the years since, has expanded nationwide. The local organization is hosting a fundraiser tomorrow night in Bethalto.
Local organizer Glenn Heimer says from 6pm-midnight, there will be live music and dancing at the Bethalto Knights of Columbus Hall.
The stated goal is to "deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens."