Olde English Leathernecks
The Marines of York County,South Carolina



The 2017 campaign has begun and in full swing!  It's truly amazing to see our community come together for this purpose.  Many thanks to all who are donating, volunteering to pick up, sort, pack and distribute this year.   Read below for details how to apply, and to see what's happening with this year's local campaign.

 This year's Olde English Leatherneck Toys for Tots Coordinator is Ed Egan, who may be reached at toys4tots4yorkcounty@gmail.com

For more information on Toys for Tots, please visit the York County local website at http://rock-hill-sc.toysfortots.org.

For an application to receive toys for your children, please click the link below, fill out the form, print and mail to the address on the form:

http://rock-hill-sc.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/local-print-forms.aspx?formsID=273.  If you need an application to be mailed to you, please contact toys4tots4ycapps@gmail.com.

To see the OEL volunteers and our local businesses and individuals pull together for the purpose of serving underpriviledged children, it's always inspiring and motivating.   Do you have a spare 30 minutes or more to help?  There are only a few days left, but lots to do between now and when we complete our distribution of thousands of toys, to the hundreds of York County kids who will recieve them.   Your help is invaluable to meet our goals and you can assist by sorting donated toys to age groups, or looking and adding batteries to toys that need them.

See just a few examples of our community coming together for a worthy cause:

Palmetto Law Associates made a large toy donation.  Thank you to Brandon and Kix Benfield!


Kix Benfield is excited while helping bring in bags of donated toys to the warehouse!  2017TFTKixBenfield.jpeg

The family of Harold and Betty McCorkle chose Toys for Tots of York County for their annual Christmas party charity and brought over their donations.  Thank you McCorkle Family!


Local MCJROTC at attention as they represent this year's Toys for Tots drive2017TFTJROTC.jpg


Your York County neighbors are donating with big hearts and have filled up today's truck with toys and treats.  Thank you for your generosity!2017TFTTruck.jpg

(Back row left to right) OEL Detachment members Frank Enriquez, Wayne Broach, John Wentling, and Rick Torrence and assisted by our local MCJROTC.2017TFTJROTC_Marines.jpg

Our local PetSmart representative, Jim Battaglia (2nd from left), donated over 1000 stuffed animals!  Also photod: Christine Peele (left),  Jeff Tanguay (2nd from right), and Rick Hinson (right).   Thank you PetSmart!!


Alan Webb has donated 260 adorable chairs!  (Sandra Hinson, Christine Peele, MaryJane Hill, Alan Webb, Jim Hill, and Rick Hinson).  Thank you Alan!2017TFTAlanWebbChairs.jpg


Rock Hill's Home Depot,  donated the bags we need to pack up for hundreds of kids.  Thank you Home Depot and Chuck


Wayne Broach & Cadets from Fort Mill Marine JROTC

Stuff This Truck at Walmart



Former Toys For Tots Chairman Wayne Broach at work in the warehouse / distribution center

Incoming toys at the distribution center in preparation for sorting age appropriate selections


Everyday people give what they can

- Special to The Herald

A group of eighth-graders at Castle Heights Middle School joined with school cafeteria workers to collect almost 400 toys for York County's Toys for Tots campaign.

At least three children asked birthday party guests to bring toys for the program rather than gifts for them.

One woman mounted a neighborhood toy drive, going door to door and hanging fliers to get out the word then opening her garage door to collect the donations.

These are the people making it possible for Toys for Tots to provide Christmas gifts for children who might not otherwise get any.

"It's everyday people," said Wayne Broach, the former Marine who heads up the Toys for Tots program in York County. "As bad as this economy is, they know that other people are suffering more and are giving what they can."

Last year, that was more than 7,000 Christmas toys and thousands more stocking stuffers for less-fortunate children.

There are 460 Toys for Tots campaigns across the country, run mostly by local Marine Corps Reserve Units. But without a local unit, York County went without its own program for many years.

About 2002, a group of local Marine veterans formed a chapter of the Marine Corps League, which provides support to Marines, Marine veterans and their families in need and takes on other civic commitments.

Five years ago, the group, called the Olde English Leathernecks, was granted approval to run a Toys for Tots campaign in the county. Now, every toy they collect stays in York County, going to a York County child.

Toys for Tots dates to 1947, when the wife of a Marine Corps Reserve major in Los Angeles sewed a doll and asked her husband to give it to an organization that would pass it on to an underprivileged child at Christmas.

The major could find no such program. So his wife suggested he start one. His efforts collected 5,000 toys, and the Marine Corps adopted the program and expanded it nationwide the following year.

The toys are collected mostly through the 61 drop-offs around York County. But the Old English Leathernecks also holds some special events to spur donations.

The group recently parked a pick-up truck outside the Wal-mart stores in Rock Hill and Fort Mill and challenged the community to fill it with toys.

"They filled that truck," Broach said, "all four days it was out there."

Toys for Tots coordinates with other York County charities in the Sleigh Bell Network - sharing leftover toys after all its applicants have been helped, for instance - but operates largely on its own.

The Olde English Leathernecks take applications, collect and sort donations, pack toys and hand them out mostly through the work of about a dozen volunteer members.

It's a time-consuming endeavor, said Broach, who has a full-time job managing the payroll and cashier's offices at Winthrop University.

But it's worth it.

"I don't get to see the smiles of the kids getting the toys on Christmas morning who might not have been expecting it," he said. "But I do get to see the smiles of the kids and adults who give the toys."

He recalled one small child bearing a handful of pennies who proudly handed them over.

"He walked away, beaming, telling his mom, 'I gave to Toys for Tots! I gave to Toys for Tots!'" Broach said.

"It was heart-rending."

Read more: http://www.heraldonline.com/2010/12/18/2700036/everyday-people-give-what-they.html#ixzz18T96dJmc