The holidays are times not only to celebrate with those you love, but to give back to those in need. Toys for Tots is a foundation run by the US Marine Corps Reserve, distributing toys to children who otherwise wouldn’t wake up to any gifts this holiday season. Intuit has had the privilege of working with Toys for Tots for 26 years – and we have some fantastic stories for you.
For decades, Intuit San Diego has been supporting Toys for Tots. With humble beginnings of recycling cans and water bottles in order to purchase bicycles to donate, IMN San Diego continues its Toys for Tots, growing larger every year. Today, they host several fundraisers throughout the year including a fall Pancake Breakfast served by Intuit senior leaders, a bake sale, and a Valentine’s Day plant sale. To date, the IMN of San Diego has donated 11,338 bicycles, helmets, and safety pads to children for the holidays.
During the annual holiday party, Intuit employees are joined by local Marines from MCAS Mira Mar to receive the donated gifts and enjoy holiday cheer. This gives Intuit employees the opportunity not only to give back to children, but also show their heartfelt gratitude for their service to our country and local communities.
Another Toys for Tots partner, Intuit Reno noticed that many of the older siblings, receiving Toys for Tots gift donations would give up their ‘toy’ to their younger brothers and sisters. IMN Reno felt they needed to show the young adults in their community that they are valued just as much and added a ‘Toys for Teens’ component to their annual donation drive. To date, their events have donated 800+ Toys for Tots and Teens. A highlight for employees, volunteers help out in December to distribute the gifts to the families in need.
From everyone at Intuit, we would like to wish you a happy holiday and thank everyone at Toys for Tots for bringing so much happiness to local children and families. It has been a pleasure working with your organization and we all cannot wait to continue the partnership for decades more!