Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots landscape

I went into the Wayback Machine and found some photos and memorabilia from when Blue Cross and Blue Shield held their Toys for Tots Variety Show. Starting in 1974, they would put on a variety show featuring amateur entertainers, musicians, magicians, comedians, dancers and more. I know they continued through their 20th year, but I don’t know when they no longer produced the show.

Profile Vol_ 40 Issue 1 January_February 1991 pg 16

The ticket price was one new, unwrapped toy.

My sister, Cindy, and I performed in the show a couple of years. These photos are from 1991.

toys for tots portrait

Toys for Tots has been part of our lives since we were children and the Marines that guarded the United State Embassies would collect toys for the local children stuck in the hospital through the Christmas holidays. While they would distribute the presents, we’d visit with the children and play and sing Christmas Carols with them. 

There is still time to donate to #ToysforTots. This year you can drop your donation off at our office, EXIT 1 Stop Realty, 8785 Perimeter Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216, by December 15th. If you can’t get there, please consider dropping your new, unwrapped toys off at the nearest Toys for Tots donation location. Thank you!! #EXIT1StopGivesBack