The US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots®, tradition of caring for kids, continues here at home

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ITUS VIRTUS collecting new toys all weekend at Webb City Wal-Mart Super Center. • 1947 Toys for Tots* began as the wife of a USMCR wanted to donate a Raggedy Ann doll to a child in need – but didn’t know what to do? The marines did!  

(64850) — What began as a toy drive shortly after World War II to provide children in need of a simple Christmas gift has become a beloved charity that has spanned generations.  This weekend you can continue that tradition of giving right here in Joplin, Webb City and our entire area. All weekend Itus Virtus are taking toys on location at Webb City Wal-Mart.

If you have questions ‘toys4tots swmo’ visit their FB page 

In 1947 a United States Marine Corps Reservist who’s civilian job was working in the film industry as a publicist for Warner Bros, Maj. Bill Hendricks was inspired by his wife Diane who wanted to donate a used Raggedy Ann doll to a child at Christmas.

But she didn’t know what organization did such a thing. At Diane’s suggestion and the help of other marine reservists and Leut. Colonel John Hampton they placed boxes outside of TV studios in LA.

The second year in 1948 it went national. With the help of Walt Disney and Warner Bros and placing collection bins at movie theaters all over the country the United States Marine Corp now more than 70 years of caring for kids at Christmas.

If you have questions CLICK this frequently asked questions link – FAQ link. 

SOURCE: CLICK to visit their website.
Itus Virtus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Law Enforcement Club, which was started to help other civil servants and the general public.

To protect, serve, and support local charities all while spreading the joy of riding. “Help us help others in their time of need.”

We are a fraternal non-profit motorcycle organization built by men and women who share similar interests, hobbies, and ideas. Originally, we were created out of the Founder’s vision to promote safety, charity, and service. The primary focus of the Itus Virtus LE/MC has since been moved to community involvement and secondarily to promote our interest and recreation.

The basic ideologies to protect, serve, and support our community runs through our blood and is very much a definition of who we are as many of our Founders and members are local civil servants. As a club we continue to offer help to injured civil servants and the community by promoting fun runs and charity runs alike.

The Itus Virtus LE/MC was originally founded by a group of thirteen individuals with different backgrounds and personalities. Since the inception, we have grown to five charters and spread into two different states. Our original club was created on September 11, 2013 in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.​

​Definition of Club Name
• Itus was a Greek God who was known as the protector of the city.
• Virtus was the Greek God of the military and stood for courage, strength, honor and loyalty.
• The Founding members came up with these names to represent the ideals they wanted the club to be based upon and this is how the club name came to be.
The local chapter is based in Springfield although they cover five states.  To visit our local chapter page CLICK the link here.  

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