Saturday November 21st marked the start of the seventh annual SL Toys for Tots season in support of the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots programme, which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them Christmas gifts.
The Toys for Tots Breedables Expo and Fair will run through until November 29th, and features two regions, sponsored by WK Wild Kajaera, dedicated to all Breedables in SL and also non-breedable vendors/sellers. Events throughout the week will include live performers, raffles, and a very special auction.
The 2014 SL Toys 4 tots Expo raised over L$9,566,604 for the programme, and the organisers are hoping this year marks an even greater success, with L$838,163 donated even before the Expo gates have opened. Since its inception, SL Toys 4 Tots has raised over US $90,000 for the Toys for Toys programme.
If you would like to help with fund-raising, you can obtain the Toys for Tots fund-raising kit by contacting one of the following people in-world: Rocky Hillburton, Marissa Goodliffe, or Shannon Hillburton (Shannon Dubratt). You can also join the Annual T4T Christmas Benefit in-world group (key: secondlife:///app/group/28795771-c4a8-ac48-cf40-ead01828608c/about – paste into your viewer) to keep up-to-date on news and information.
About Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots began as a Los Angeles charitable effort in 1947. William Hendricks was inspired by his wife Diane, when she tried to donate a home-made Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child but could find no organisation to do so. At her suggestion he gathered a group of local Marine reservists, who together coordinated and collected some 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside of Warner Bros. movie theatres. Their efforts were so successful that, in 1948, Toys for Tots was launched as a national campaign in the United States, with a mission to “collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.”
Saturday November 1st marked the start of the sixth annual SL Toys for Tots season in support of the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots programme which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them Christmas gifts.
Activities this year will once again focus on sales of the special Toys 4 Tots holiday season CD featuring the talents of performers across the grid and the SL Toys 4 Tots Breedables Expo, which will take place between Saturday November 15th and Sunday November 23rd inclusive.
Throughout the nine days of the Breedable Expo, which will be held on two regions donated by Amaretto Breedables and KittyCats Breedables, there will be live entertainments and many opportunities to help raise money for Toys 4 Tots through donations, auctions, and via many special items offered for purchase by participating creators.
Alongside of KittyCats and Amaretto, sponsors for the event include: Whispering Hills, a LiTTLe BiT of EVERYTHING, Diva’s Divine Darlings, Turquoise Ranch Auction house, EVO Breeding Co., Christmas Lane, Rose Breedable, Weeping Willow, Mythical Utopia, Papillon, Dixieland Downs, Awesome Breed Creations, Acceleration Exotics, Amaretto Market Owners Coalition, Aroonshire Fortress, Yumi Bands of Cypher, Breeders Choice, Dwarfins, E&S Breedables, Fantasia, Fish Hunt, Pet Peddlers, Shadow Wynde, SOS-Streams.net, Trinity Breedable, TW Saddles & Reins, Whispering Hills, Aero Pines Park, Wild Kajaera, Wicked Tattoos, Gempandas, Meeroos, FluiD, House of Huntress, Huntress Inc, J&T Stables & Auction House, Stone pony Ranch, Treasures Elite WK Breedable, Madness Auctions, Mossms, The Nest Egg, CasperTech, Secret Meadows, The Aquarium, Ludus Agora, Madonna Ranch.
Perofrmers appearing through the nine days of the event include: Todd Rumsford, Hazie Moonwall, Shaye Dezno-Jonstone, Lisa Petrolhead, Tobykip Lionheart, Lisa Nichols(Brune), SINGERGIRL, Taunter Goodnight, Southcity Genesis, Chip Takacs, Maximillion Kleene, Brixton Canning, Susie Darling, Samm Qendra, Zerbie Magic, Jacqueline Luik, Miha Shamen, Potlatch Foggarty, Redhawk, ELiz Watanabe, ProfessorShowbiz, Deelah Halostar-Freund, Josie Anderton, Freddy Mergatroid, Premium Composer, Satin & Erin, Mavenn Resident, Hogan Baily, Wayne Davis Rocks.
This year, the special holiday season CD will be available in return for donations through any SL Toys 4 Tots donations kiosk, and includes 33 tracks for your listening pleasure:
01 T4T 2014 Entire CD – Misc Artists 02 All I Want for Christmas is You – Travis Overland 03 Angels We Have Heard On High – Ganjo Mokeev 04 Away in a Manger – Premium Composer 05 Baby It’s Cold Outside – Ke Aloha & Parker Static 06 Believe – Ke Aloha 07 Blue Christmas – Liam Defoe 08 Breath Of Heaven – Parker Static 09 Carol of the Bells – Keeba Tammas & The Tiny Maniacs 10 Christmas in Dixie – TobyKip Lionheart 11 Christmas song – Singergirl Mode 12 Dominick the Donkey – Suzetta Moonites 13 Little Drummer Boy – Donny Collazo 14 Grown up Christmas List – Phil Setner 15 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Josie Anderton 16 Home for Christmas – Wayne Davis 17 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause-Libertybelle Lyric
18 I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas – April McCoy 19 Just Don’t Feel Like Christmas Without You – Subtlety Dalglish 20 It’s Christmas – Todd Rumsford 21 Meet Me Under The Mistletoe – Freddy Mergatroid 22 Mr Grinch – iCandy_Overland 23 Rockin Around The Christmas Tree – Scorpianrose 24 Rudolph – Seth Mankind Tracer 25 Santa Baby – Eliz Watanabe 26 Santa Claus is a Stalker – Dilah Halostar 27 Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Potlatch Foggarty 28 Toothless Grin – Galvana Gustafson 29 Twas The Night Before Christmas – Brandy Maltas aka Kalli Birman 30 Where are you Christmas – Ichie Kamachi 31 Where’s the Line – Bobby Roxley 32 Winter Wonderland – Gold Talon 33 You Raise Me Up – Khiron Ametza
The 2013 Toys 4 tots Expo raised over L$1,600,000 for the programme, and the organisers are hoping this year marks an even greater success. During the six years it has been running, SL Toys 4 Tots has raised US$60,000 for the Toys for Toys programme.
About Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots began as a Los Angeles charitable effort in 1947. William Hendricks was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child but could find no organization to do so. At her suggestion he gathered a group of local Marine reservists who coordinated and collected some 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside of Warner Bros. movie theatres. Their efforts were so successful that, in 1948, Toys for Tots was launched as a national campaign in the United States, with a mission to “collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.”