Toys for Tots is an annual drive presented by the United States Marine Corps Reserve in partnership with the Salvation Army of Maui County.
Tomorrow is a big day for the 2012 Toy Drive - the 11th annual Maui Toy Run Motorcycle Parade presented by Street Bikers United Hawaii, Maui County Chapter. The parade will start at 11 a.m. at Walmart in Kahului and continue to Lulu's at Lahaina Cannery Mall.
The public is asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or make a financial contribution to Toys for Tots. Checks should be made payable to: SBU Maui Toy Run, c-o Street Bikers United Hawaii, P. O. Box 532640, Kihei 96753.
Online donations may be made at www.sbumaui.org/membership-merchandise.
An after-run dinner will be served at VFW hall in Kihei from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets are available Sunday for $30 at Walmart and the Lahaina Cannery Mall and include dinner and a show featuring Led Zepplica.
Toys for Tots has been providing toys to needy children at Christmastime since 1947 when Marine reservists in Los Angeles distributed 5,000 toys. The next year, Marine Corps reservists across the country made it a nationwide campaign. According to the Street Bikers United website, the objective today remains what it originally was:
"To bring the joy of Christmas to America's needy children."
Do your part. Take a new toy to tomorrow's parade or make an online donation.
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