KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For nearly five decades, the Chiefs have hosted an annual Toys for Tots collection along with members of the Marine Corps. The Chiefs will continue this tradition when the team plays the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Arrowhead Stadium.
"The Toys for Tots program is an example of communities helping one another,” Master Sergeant Bruce Thompson said. “It is wonderful to see the sense of community that has been shown year after year by the Greater Kansas City area to provide a toy for the many children that would not be able to have a happy holiday without their support. The Kansas City Chiefs have taken the lead in this area for the past 47 years. Their partnership with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program – the longest in the National Football League – has enabled thousands of Kansas City families to celebrate the holidays. The 24th Marine Regiment thanks the Hunt family and everyone involved with the Chiefs organization for their support."
Now in its 47th season, the Chiefs Toys for Tots collection is the longest-running program of its kind between an NFL franchise and the Marines. This year’s drive will again help meet a significant need for area children. The Marines are asking Chiefs fans to donate new and unwrapped toys for boys and girls up to age 13. Again this year, there is a particular need for toys that older children can utilize.
“It has been our privilege to partner with the Marines for 47 years for the Toys for Tots collection,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. “We appreciate all that our fans do to brighten the holidays for children in this area.”
All the toys will be collected at the Arrowhead Stadium gates by members of the 24th Marine Regiment and local representatives of the Marines Corps League. Gates into the Scouts Investments Club Level open at 9:30 a.m. with the remaining stadium gates opening at 10:30 a.m. Kickoff for Sunday's game is scheduled for 12 p.m. (Noon).
Fans may choose to make a financial contribution in lieu of a toy if they prefer. Cash or checks (made payable to "Toys for Tots”) will also be collected at stadium entry points by the Marines.
Last season, the Marines collected more than 1,300 toys and more than $12,000 in donations thanks to the generosity of Chiefs fans. This year, the team is hoping to surpass those figures.
The Kansas City Chiefs and the Hunt family have made corporate citizenship and charitable giving in the community a priority for the Chiefs. These efforts focus on many programs and organizations which improve the civic and cultural climate in our region, support families and children in crisis, improve health and wellness among children, as well as preserve the legacy and history of the game of football.