Dear Fellow Texans
The annual "Young Heroes of the Guard" Toy Drive, benefitting Texas children's hospitals and battered women's shelters, is a Texas State Guard community service event that started in 2009. The initial goal of the toy drive was to provide toys to the children confined to hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in an effort to bring them comfort and joy during the holidays.
Since 2009, the toy drive's reach has expanded state-wide, encompassing thousands of children who are hospitalized over the holidays or otherwise don't have a place to truly call "home". Last year, toy drive donations resulted in the collection of more than 50,000 toys for Texas children. This year, at the mid-point of the toy drive, we have already collected more than 53,000 toys, surpassing last year's effort and keeping us on track to meet our 2018 goal of 75,000 toys.
Will you join us in this mission of brining happiness to Texas children? You can help by donating toys; hosting a collection box; or volunteering your time to sort, package, load, and deliver the toys. Helping the Texas State Guard complete this mission will brighten the day for thousands of Texas children.
If you want further information on this important and vital effort, please do not hesitate to contact us.
SFC Gately, John