The Marine Corps and Toys for Tots

There is a saying and a song that goes “Christmas is for Children.” And with this saying comes the image of children all over the country who will awaken on Christmas morning to gleefully unwrap their presents after a restless night of sleep. However, as painful as it is to imagine, this is not how Christmas morning will play out in every home in the nation. Some families struggle hard to provide themselves with life’s necessities let alone the luxuries of the season. Children in such homes will sadly not share in the joy of opening a shiny new present on Christmas morning. Knowing that this is the case with many families, Major Bill Hendricks founded the Toys for Tots program in 1947.

The History of Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots began back in 1947 when, inspired by his wife, Major Hendricks, gathered reservists to collect and distribute thousands of unwrapped toys to children. Eventually celebrity support was also gained and since then the organization has been designated as an official mission for the Marine Corps Reserves. Moreover, since its inception the program has collected and dispensed more than 512 million toys. That is a lot of joy delivered to a lot of children.

The Toys for Tots Mission

The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect and distribute unwrapped toys for less fortunate children in the vicinity of the collection sites. These collections take place from October to December of each year. You can go to ToysforTots.org to find the drop off site nearest you. You can also go to that same site to inquire how you can be of assistance by making your location one of those sites. We have many seasonal USMC gifts that will go well right alongside the rest of your Christmas decorations. Marine Corps items for sale on our site include festive, affordably priced ornaments that demonstrate pride in the Corps. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at eMarine PX.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Christmas Gift

Gift giving can be as anxiety-inducing as it is rewarding. That’s because we want to give our loved ones gifts that will be useful and that they will also cherish due to the thought that we put into selecting them. For visitors to our site a large part of the riddle of what kind of gift to give someone is already solved. After all, visitors to our site already know that the intended recipient of their gift is dedicated to the Corps and its ideals. However, with the large variety of USMC Marine Christmas gifts that are available on our site, choosing just the perfect gift for a current or former member of the Marines Corps can still pose a problem. For that reason, we would like to offer you the following suggestions for selecting just the right gift for your loved ones.

  • Listen to what they say; observe how they act: Often people will drop hints as to what they need or desire in conversation. Sometimes our loved ones will even point out specific items they might like to receive when they are in our presence. Keep your antenna up particularly around the holiday gift giving season for such clues and let this be a guide.

  • Take notes: Whether you do so using a pad and pencil or simply keep mental notes, make a list of gift ideas and refer to it while shopping.

  • Ask the person what they need: It won’t be a surprise when you use this technique, but it will avoid any ambiguity. Some people are direct and very specific about their needs and will let you know right up front that they would rather be pleasantly surprised rather than just surprised.

  • Make a list of all the things the person is interested in: Beyond the Corps, what is the intended recipient interested in? Do they like to read? If so we have many books available on our site. Are they a collector? If so we have coins, coin holders and other items of interest for collectors. Are they especially proud of their car? We have license plate frames, hitch covers, etc. too.

  • Ask other friends, family members, etc: You may get an entirely new perspective from someone else when trying to come up with gift ideas.

In short, some of the anxiety that comes along with gift giving can be lessened by taking a little time and carefully thinking out your strategy. Be it a gift like our Marine Corps hats for sale or our decals and stickers, your loved ones will appreciate a carefully thought out gift the best.

Celebrities who Fought on D-Day

June is an important month in a many ways. Father’s Day is in June as is the first day of summer, Flag Day etc. However, in terms of world history, June is of particular historical significance because it is the month in which the liberation of Europe began. This year marks the 73rd anniversary of the Normandy landings which initiated the Western Allied effort to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer witnesses of that historic event are with us but although they are gone they are most assuredly not forgotten. The impact they had on the world sent ripples around the globe and throughout time. Though they fought for so worthy a cause, many of the soldiers died in relative obscurity. However, some very famous people were there on D-Day. We at eMarine PX – where you can buy USMC home décor and USMC novelties – would like to present you with this list of those who served and whose names you may recognize.

  • D Salinger: Author of the iconic book Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger was there on Omaha Beach and was indeed said to have been carrying portions of this famous book with him as he fought the Germans.

  • Alec Guinness: Legendary British actor Alec Guinness piloted a landing craft that ferried British troops to the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. .

  • James Doohan: Best known as Star Trek’s Montgomery Scott, Doohan was shot several times in the leg and chest and even lost a finger during the invasion.

  • Yogi Berra: Famed catcher Yogi Berra manned a machine gun during the battle to take Omaha Beach and even 1948_Bowman_Yogi_Berramanned a naval support craft.

  • Medgar Evers: Famed civil right activist Medgar Evers served in the 325 Port Company during WWII. This segregated unit delivered supplies during the Normandy Invasion. Evers would later be assassinated due to his efforts to promote civil rights.

  • John Ford: This legendary director of even more legendary Westerns was a commander in the US Naval Reserve and led a documentary crew ashore during the Normandy invasion.

Unfortunately, none of these celebrities are still with us but the impact of what they achieved carries on to this day. They were a part of what has aptly been called the “Greatest Generation.”

Adopting a Marine for the Holidays

Every year the news is filled with heartwarming stories about Marines and other service people who have been reunited with their loved ones over the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holidays. But what about those marines who are either too far away from or cannot afford the trip home for the holidays? Luckily, for these marines whose sacrifices are no less important than the lucky ones who get to be reunited with loved ones, there are organizations that help to connect service members with local families for the holidays. As veterans ourselves, we at eMarine PX are not only interested in providing quality US Marine gifts to our customers, we would also like to express our appreciation to the efforts of civilians who strive to make this special time of year enjoyable for service people who have returned to the US but who are separated from their loved ones.

Reaching out to organizations like the nearest Armed Services YMCA or USO office is an excellent way to begin the process of hosting a service person that is home for the holidays. You can also find out more about adopting a marine by contacting your nearest military installation’s MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) office. Service people who are in the position of not being able to reunite with loved ones will greatly appreciate being a made a part of their host family’s Christmas traditions and customs. Happy holidays from the people at eMarine PX.

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Marine Corps Traditions Never Die

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Like the U.S. Marine Corps itself, the annual Birthday Ball has evolved from simple origins to the polished and professional  functions of today. Nonetheless, one thing remains constant, the tenth day of November! This unique holiday for warriors is a day of camaraderie, a day to honor Corps and Country. Throughout the world on 10 November, U.S. Marines celebrate the birth of their Corps — the most loyal, most feared, most revered, and most professional fighting force the world has ever known.

Happy Birthday and Semper Fi, Marines!