Toys for Tots

Posted by Janet Werner on November 17, 2011 in Non Profit, Woodlands Events |

Toys for Tots

The Marine Corp Band Toys for Tots

The Marine Corp Band Toys for Tots John Cooper School

Back by popular demand, the Eastex Detachment of the Marine Forces Reserve Band – Conroe will perform again this year at the John Cooper School Performing Arts Center as part of their 2011 ‘Toys for Tots’ Tour. The concert will take place on Tuesday, November 29, at 7:00 p.m.
This 90-minute holiday spectacular will feature the concert band, in addition to nearly every small-ensemble within the unit. Suitable for all ages and musical tastes, the 51-piece band will perform traditional as well as contemporary holiday music. Seating is limited to the first 500 patrons for this must-see event for musicians and students of area schools’ marching bands.

The Marine Forces Reserve Band is the standard by which all bands should strive to emulate. Established in 1978, the unit is comprised of active duty Marines stationed at the Naval Support Activity Base in New Orleans. Each year, the band travels throughout the United States, performing more than 250 concerts, parades and ceremonies, entertaining over 6 million people.

Although the performance is free and open to the public, donations of new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps ‘Toys for Tots’ Foundation will be collected, yet not required for entry to the musical event. This annual “Toys for Tots Tour” will have Collection barrels available in the Performing Arts Center and all of the toys collected at this event will be distributed locally.  This is a fantastic event presented at no cost to the local community and helps to brighten the holiday season for an untold number of boys and girls who would might otherwise have little or no toys to play with on Christmas morning. Don’t miss this wonderful musical event to kick-off your holiday season. It’s the best gift you can give the aspiring musician(s) in your family. For more information contact Deb Spiess (dspiess at johncooper.org), Director of Marketing and Communications, 281-367-0900 ext. 240.

The Toys for Tots program collected nearly 16,000 toys area wide with more than 300 coming from the John Cooper event which were then distributed to needy children selected by the social agencies in the county- Salvation Army and Society of Samaritans along with a few churches. The Marine Corps League Detachment 779 also service 5 other counties this year with toys supplied by the Toys for Tots Foundation and donated money and toys within those counties.

In order to qualify as a recipient,  the parents are required to apply in person providing birth certificates, w-2 forms, and other necessary documents. Some 5,145 kids received 3 toys each. Toys and money collected in Montgomery County stay in the county.  Marines  from the Eastex Detachment #779 are assigned drop box locations and deliver donated toys to warehouses for separation by age and gender, then bagged.

Check The TWE! Calendar for this and other events in The Woodlands.

One John Cooper Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381

Phone (281) 367-0900
Toll-free (800) 295-1162

The John Cooper Performing Arts School

The John Cooper Performing Arts School

Some information provided by:

Bob Quinn- Coordinator and Commandant, Department of Texas,Marine Corps League

Thomas Early – The Marine Corps League and President of the Texas Marines Medal of Honor Fund

author – Janet Warner

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