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Old 12-22-2014, 04:08 PM   #1
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Y'all are simply the best.

On December 19th, a simple question about finding a way to turn their points into toys for children resulted in contractors coming together in a mad dash to make a difference. Today, because of the members of this community, $1,500.00 will be donated to Marine Toys for Tots​.

My boss, Helena has emailed Toys for Tots and has also left a voicemail with them in hopes of having it still help this year. If she does not hear back from them by tomorrow morning she will donate directly on their site. I will post the confirmation for you as soon as I have it.

Additionally, we have created a new user account by the name of, Hope.

We created this account to have a place for those who wanted to donate their points for a specific cause. We can use this account any way y'all choose.

We could simply use it as a central point to donate our points for causes as they come up or if you prefer, at the start of every quarter we could vote on the cause we would like to support (for that quarter) and members could donate their points (if they choose) to the "Hope" account. Let me know how you want to do it.
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What do y'all think about Habitat for Humanity?
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How about disabled vets??
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I just got off the phone with a retired Marine who heads the local Marine Corp group and is the person in charge of Toys For Tots in Kent County Delaware.

Amazingly enough, I almost can throw a rock and hit his house from where I live. He also has a saw sharpening business...I got his card from a friend a few months ago. Small world.

Anyway, he explained a lot. Their cut-off date was Saturday 8 PM for handing out gifts, so, we wouldn't have made it for this year anyway.

My personal thoughts are this....There are going to be literally a hundred different recommendations we can all come up with for various deserving groups...and it will be tough to agree on one.

I'd like to see us stick with Toys For Tots...for a few reasons.

1) These are kids. They are innocent kids. They did nothing to put them in a situation where the parent(s) can't afford toys. At Christmas, you get toys....every child should have toys for Christmas...period.

2)Toys For Tots is not one of those organizations where the CEO's are driving around in their new BMW's. It's all volunteer. Only 3% of what money is donated goes to something besides toys for children. That 3% is used mainly for advertising. I defy anyone to come up with a charity who's numbers even come close to that. Plus, if you can't trust an American Marine...who can you trust?

I'd like to see this point system grow and anytime someone wants to give their points to HOPE, they can. We all start spreading the word in October or so, so that we are ready by December 1st.

Someone mentioned sending toys is better than sending money. I agree. Looking at all the toys and deciding took me about 2 hours. I don't mind telling you, it was a great 2 hours...looking at all the neat stuff and thinking about a kid's eyes lighting up when he opened it was pretty gratifying.

Is there a way one of us (me is fine) could order the toys and have them shipped from Amazon to 4 points in the United States? Amazon doesn't care...they will ship to as many locations as I enter in the form. The gent I spoke with thought that was a good idea and has all the information where the toys could be shipped. That way, members out in California or N.Dakota aren't feeling slighted because nothing went to their area.

It could be made easier if that monetary amount were given to a member who's doing the ordering in one gift card so they wouldn't have to register 150 $20 gift cards.


That's my two cents. I'm probably upsetting the apple-cart and will go along with whatever everyone comes up with.

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I agree with Robie. I never saw the original thread, but I'm in for next Christmas. I always buy a few things for Toys For Tots every year. I have a 10 year old granddaughter, so I'm in the toy store anyway. I got ME a R/C helicopter this year . $20 buys 2-3 nice toys and the local Publix (grocery store) always has a collection bin. Easy Peasy.
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Maw. They get a dose of my sweat every year. This event is for the stuff we cannot do with our own hands, methinks.

My vote would be for a "as the need arises" each time 'round.
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I like Robie's idea of sticking with Toys for Tots. It is a charity that everyone can get behind and it helps give a Christmas to kids who might not have a Christmas without the Marines and Toys for Tots. And this way one charity can a years worth of donated points instead of just a quarters.
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I agree, keep it Toys for Tots.

I doubt as many guys would have gotten behind this and picthed in their points had it been another charity.

But what ever is decided is OK with me, as long as we know before donating our points where they will be going.

I am still in amazement that all the mindless banter that goes on on this site has actually amounted to something good....
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I'm with Robie

Christmas is always going to be
1) Kids
2) Toys

And The Marines are My Guys.
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Another vote to keep it as needed and toys for tot's. I hate greedy charities who wind up giving diddly squat.

We also need to setup a cash fund, I don't post enough to matter (points wise) but would gladly fork over a $100 bill here and there.
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Another vote for keeping it Toys for Tots
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My vote is Toys for Tots

I say keep the Christmas time donations for the children.
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Cricket, thanks for not taking the bashing personal and getting an attitude, but rather working to make this happen.
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Cricket, thanks for not taking the bashing personal and getting an attitude, but rather working to make this happen.

Agreed, Cricket you did an excellent job at making this happen!
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We will keep the Hope account specifically for Marine Toys for Tots.

We can always add another account if y'all decide you want to donate points for another cause as well. Who knows, maybe by the end of the year we will have, Faith, Hope, and Charity.
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Sorry, But I did not see the post on this issue!

As for myself, Cricket, PLEASE put my points to the Marine, Toys for Tots, at this time. I hope that it can be added and help out!

We have a son, 23, Sean, currently in the USMC and do/will/do anything to support them.

Thank-You, to, All of the Current/Past/Fallen/ members of the military, so we are where we are!

Thank-You and ALL

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I just transferred all the points that ended up in my name over to HOPE.....7977 points.
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Sorry, But I did not see the post on this issue!

As for myself, Cricket, PLEASE put my points to the Marine, Toys for Tots, at this time. I hope that it can be added and help out!

We have a son, 23, Sean, currently in the USMC and do/will/do anything to support them.

Thank-You, to, All of the Current/Past/Fallen/ members of the military, so we are where we are!

Thank-You and ALL

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We are working on next year now, so no worries. But, I cannot transfer your points. You can do so using the donate button in the rewards program.

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Good to hear it all got sorted cricket.

I say stick with toys for tots for now. Habitat I would be but they keep giving the houses to Mexicans in this area so I no longer offer them my time and I would prefer my points and cash don't go that route either.

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