Nashville Children Have Reason to Smile Thanks to 'Toys for Tots' Drive




Nashville, TENN -** Thanks to the US Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Foundation and generous Titans fans, needy Nashville area children will have presents to unwrap on Christmas Day. The Titans hosted a Toys for Tots drive on Sunday, Dec. 13th prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams. Titans fans were asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the game Sunday which will be distributed by the Marine Corps to deserving families around the Middle Tennessee area.

Marines were stationed around the stadium at drop zones and collected the toys. One Nashville resident, Patrick Edwards brought a toy to donate on Sunday.

"I always donate a toy to this drive," said Edwards. "I think it's a great cause and I'm happy to participate."

After the drive, the toys were taken to the Toys for Tots warehouse where they will be distributed to various charities in our area. Staff Sergeant Fabian Garcia was in charge of the drive for the Marines.



"We collect thousands of toys through our drives and they go to really deserving families," said Sgt. Garcia. "This is something that is important and meaningful for the Marines because it is our way of giving back to the people who support us."

The Tennessee Titans and Titans fans have always strongly supported the men and women in uniform who serve our country. That was evident on Sunday as fans expressed their gratitude to the Marines at LP Field by saying thank you for their service and sacrifice.

The Toys for Tots program started in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks; USCR collected and distributed 5,000 toys in Los Angeles. Since then the program has distributed over 400 million toys to 188 million needy children throughout the country. For more information on Toys for Tots and how you can donate a toy or money, please visit

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