The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
The need exceeds the supply so Toys for Tots is asking you to donate a new unwrapped toy.
Click here to find out how
When I first started in radio - I covered the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Whether it was reporting on the suspicious death of black activist Steve Biko, the movement to get institutions to divest South African stocks, the artists who were criticized for performing in the boycotted South African Sun City - this was an issue that moved me. I met Bishop Desmond Tutu and many South Africans who were not only fighting against the system of racial segregation in that country but also pushing for the release of one of it's most visible activists - Nelson Mandela.
That moment came - when Mandela was freed after 27 years in prison in 1990. Would he be angry? Would he call for violent revolution? While Mandela didn't rule that out in his early years of activism - his dedication to equality for all people was evident in an interview he gave to a reporter while still underground. Even then he said he fought domination of whites over blacks and blacks over whites. So that when Mandela was finally released, despite separation from family and friends, solitary confinement for a time and physical abuse - he emerged from his experience as the perfect transformative figure for leading his country to democracy.
Mandela was human as are all our heroes. His iconization has already begun. But for millions including a young man named Barak Obama who was inspired to activism by Mandela and this reporter who was moved by a leader who called not for revenge or retribution - but reconciliation- Nelson Mandela was a living, breathing expression of the choice we can all make of love over hate. Listen to my tribute.
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Every week we feature a different Non Profit of the Week, check out this weeks below.
All you have to do is provide:
1. 200x200 logo
2. A one sentence slogan or mission statement
3. Several pictures no larger than 600 pixels wide
4. A 1000 character description of your organization
5. Web address, Twitter and Facebook
6. Preference for the week you'd like it to run - especially if you have an event or fundraiser you'd like to promote - (we'll take that into consideration but can't promise)
Once we've received the material and it's approved - we'll let you know when the highlight is scheduled and provide a link you can share. In addition we'll blast the link to our extensive Twitter and Facebook followers on all stations.
We're very excited about offering new ways to help promote your great cause.