U.S. Embassy Marine Guards donate toys to needy children in Kazakhstan

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ASTANA. January 14. KAZINFORM On Friday, January 14, 2011, at 11 o'clock, the U.S. Embassy Marine Security Guard Detachment (MSG) delivered toys and gifts to the children of the Orazak Boarding School, located in the village of Orazak, 60 km away from Astana, as a part of their Toys for Tots program. The Orazak Boarding School for Children hosts 325 children aged between 4 and 18.

The Toys for Tots campaign is an annual charity campaign for needy children held by the MSG of the U.S. Embassy in Astana every year since 2006. From November 18 - December 30, with the help of the QSI School and the U.S. Embassy community, the MSG along with the Community Liaison Officer, collected a large amount of sports equipment and toys for needy children, a press release of the U.S. Embassy in Astana reads.

Toys for Tots began in 1947 when U.S. Marine Major Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. After their successful campaign in 1947, the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign. Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948. The initial objective that remains the hallmark of the program today is to "bring the joy of Christmas to needy children." The MSGs and Marines around the world are the ones that coordinate the event on a yearly basis.

For more information on this event, please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Astana, phone number: 7 7172 70 24 15.

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