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November 19, 2012

Keller Williams collecting for 2012 Toys for Tots drive

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Keller Williams Realty Los Alamitos, Toys for Tots

The following information was released by Keller Williams (KW) Realty Los Alamitos.

Santa Claus recently stopped by Keller Williams Realty Los Alamitos to help the Marines drop off boxes for the Toys For Tots collection drive.

For the ninth consecutive year, agents at KW Los Alamitos will be collecting toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots Program in their effort to help needy children in the local area have a grand holiday.

Boxes are inside the office located at 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd. behind Hof’s Hut restaurant. Toys can be dropped off until Friday, Dec. 21.

“The care and support that the community has shown in past years has been wonderful,” said Elaine Armogida, team leader at Keller Williams Realty Los Alamitos.

“We are so excited to once again be a part of this Christmas tradition,” Armogida added. “The agents at our office love to give back to the community that supports them throughout the year.“

Agents will be handing out flyers to alert the community that they will pick up toys if needed.

“I will be notifying homes by delivering flyers letting the residents know when I will be collecting toys,” said Richard Daskam, coordinator of this year’s drive. “Even my daughters want to get involved and are very excited about collecting toys to help needy children.”

“We also have boxes at our office to collect the toys,” said Daskam.

“The objective of Toys For Tots is to help needy children experience the joy of Christmas and to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources — our children,” said Daskam. “The goal is to unite all members of the local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign and to contribute to better communities in the future.”

“It is just amazing how people are able to give so much to those who have so little,” said Daskam.

Toys For Tots started in 1947 when Major Bill Hendricks, with support of members of his Los Angeles Marine Corps Reserve unit, collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children.

The program was so successful that in 1948, the Marine Corps adopted it and expanded it nationwide as the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots Program. Over the past several years, the Marines have distributed an average of 11,400,000 toys annually and brought the joy of Christmas to an average of 5,200,000 needy children each year.

If interested in dropping off toys for this year’s drive, you may leave them at 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd (behind Hof’s Hut) or call 562-626-8600 for more information.

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Santa Claus recently stopped by Keller Williams Realty Los Alamitos to help the Marines promote the Corps’ 2013 Toys for Tots collection drive.

KW agent Richard Daskam is in charge of this year’s drive at the KW office and toys will be collected until Friday, Dec. 21.

Pictured (Left to right) are Sgt. Trinidad Garcia, Santa Claus, Richard Daskam, Eileen Rivera and Sgt. Dominique Clifton.

Photo by Jennifer Davis.

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