'Tis the season for giving.....please bring an unwrapped toy to the ballpark for this   weekend's Washington Nationals series with the San Francisco Giants (June 9-11, 2010) for the 5th Annual Christmas in July Toy Drive for "Toys for Tots." 

Volunteers from the U.S. Marines Corp Reserve will accept donations of new, unwrapped toys for kids of all ages at Nationals Park Center Field Gate starting at 4:30pm on Friday and Saturday and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday through the end of the fourth inning.

The toys collected will be distributed to non-profit organizations and hospital pediatric wards throughout the D.C. Metropolitan Area. The 2009 toy drive brought in 23 bags of toys and more than $16,000 in cash donations to purchase new toys.

About U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

Over the 62 years of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, Marines have distributed more than 370 million toys to more than 173 million needy children. This charitable endeavor has made U.S. Marines the unchallenged leaders in looking after needy children at Christmas. Over its 62 year life span, the Marine Toys for Tots has supplemented local toy collections with more than 70.2 million toys valued at more than $387 million; plus has provided promotion and support materials valued at over $4.7 million.