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For Immediate Release

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December 15, 2011 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2330
Toys for Tots

Albuquerque, NM - The United States Marshal Service in New Mexico partnered with the United States Attorney’s Office, the United States Probation Office, and the United States District Court Clerk’s Office and raised over 280 new toys for the United States Marine Corps annual “Toys for Tots” charity. The toy drive ran December 1-14 at both the Albuquerque and Las Cruces offices.

United States Marshal Conrad Candelaria commented “In a recent news story, an echo for help was heard from organizers of the renowned Toys for Tots program, with steadfast determination the Marshals Service for the District of New Mexico answered that call for help by partnering with the Honorable Ken Gonzales, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, along with the United States Probation Office, United States District Court Clerk’s Office to collect toys for New Mexico’s children. I am honored to be a part of this heartfelt community event and know that our combined efforts will bring a smile to over 280 children; on behalf of the Marshals Service for the District of New Mexico, Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2012”

Toys for tots Began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USMC Ret. and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The 1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign. That year, Marine Corps Reserve units across the nation conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in each community in which a Marine Reserve Center was located. Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948. The initial objective that remains the hallmark of the program today is to “bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children”.

More information for the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” program can be found at http://www.toysfortots.org/

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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