Toys for Tots has helped thousands of children over the years and the Marine Corps continue to brighten the lives of children all over the country.

Shaq-A-Claus Delivers Toys to an Atlanta Elementary School participating in the Toys for Tots campaign. Getty Images

Toys for Tots was started in 1947 in Los Angeles when he collected 5,000 toys during that first campaign just before Christmas. In 1948 Walt Disney jumped on board and designed their logo and also created the first every National poster. Then in 1949, major celebrities, like Frank Sinatra, started to endorse the campaign and as they say, the rest is history.

At the conclusion of the 2012 campaign, Toys for Tots have distributed almost 17 million toys. Amazing journey!

So how can you help locally?  Toys for Tots have two local campaigns with one in Greeley and also Fort Collins.  Dusty Hughes, co-coordinator with the Fort Collins campaign would like to remind everyone that the 20th Hope Memorial Toys For Tots Cruise is coming up on Saturday, December 14th and starts at McCormick Automotive in Ft Collins. For more information please call 970-472-2030.

Most importantly to remember, if you are attending an Eagles hockey game on Wednesday the 11th or Friday the 13th, Toys for Tots will be on hand to collect your toy donations and also monetary donations.

To make a monetary donation online, just click this link, you'll be redirected to the page you'll need.  Just make sure you select Fort Collins or Greeley as your choice.

To help with or to volunteer with the Greeley/Weld county campaign, please contact local coordinator Rick Hartman - Union Colony Marines Detachment 1093.