The Toys for Tots Foundation collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distributes them as Christmas gifts to children in local communities. Its goals, scope and timing fall squarely in line with “Leave Something Behind,” which strives to exhibit – through a specific, charitable activity – the caring sprit of the collision industry in a locality hosting one of its events.
In conjunction with NACE, NABC will be working with the Marine Reservists in Las Vegas to deliver new toys to youngsters at holiday time.
At NACE-related events, NABC will be selling Christmas ornaments for $20, $15 of which will go toward purchasing toys. They may be purchased at the NABC and Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) board meetings as well as Collision Industry Conference (CIC). In addition, the ornaments will be made available at the NABC booth. A cash contribution not specifically related to an ornament purchase can also be made at that time for the toys.
The idea to pair up with Toys for Tots came from Charles Dillard, first-time chairman of the “Leave Something Behind” committee who takes over for outgoing chair Dan Risley.
“I’ve always had a soft spot for children – my volunteer work with our local Children’s Hospital has helped make me that way – and that led me to research charities that made young people their focus,” Dillard explained. “Toys for Tots has a solid reputation and is very active in the Las Vegas area. The “Leave Something Behind” committee and NABC felt confident they would be a good partner and we moved forward with the program.”
“As a former Sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve myself, I am especially pleased that Charles and the committee has decided to work with Toys for Tots,” stated NABC Executive Director Chuck Sulkala. “It’s a great way to build on the spirit of giving that lies at the core of the “Leave Something Behind” program. There are few things as wondrous as seeing a child’s face light up in surprise when presented an unexpected Christmas gift. This NACE is certain to be special. Semper Fi.”
Those not attending NACE who wish to contribute to the campaign should visit www.autobodycouncil.org. For more information on “Leave Something Behind” program, search www.autobodynews.com (May 2007).