The guest speaker was Eddie Marshall, founder of Toys for the Needy.  

His philosophy is, “The Gift of learning is an everlasting gift.”  He is very concerned about the children in our community as the connections to school are electronic and not all the kids have good internet connection or any internet connection and some kids don’t learn well electronically.  He is also concerned that single working parents have a hard time keeping track of their children when there is not school.

In 1956, when Eddie was a child, his mother had his baby sister at Christmastime.  Since she knew she would be in the hospital, she entrusted all of the Christmas money to a cousin who used it for himself.  As a result Eddie and his siblings had no presents that year.  It was traumatic for him and he doesn’t want any child to go through what happened to him.  All children need a present for Christmas.

He founded Toys for the Needy in 1996.  He had been soliciting money and toys for kids for Christmas, and realized he needed to get, applied for and received a 501C3 Nonprofit status in 2014.  He has a list of families and is always on the look out for more children who, without his help, may not have a Christmas present.

He is looking for toys, but cash, and gift cards are better, to use as gifts.  He is very grateful for the help our club has given him. 

If you can send a check or gift cards, his address is 

Toys for the Needy

PO Box 8831

Benton Harbor, MI49023

The guest speaker was Eddie Marshall, founder of Toys for the Needy.  

His philosophy is, “The Gift of learning is an everlasting gift.”  He is very concerned about the children in our community as the connections to school are electronic and not all the kids have good internet connection or any internet connection and some kids don’t learn well electronically.  He is also concerned that single working parents have a hard time keeping track of their children when there is not school.

In 1956, when Eddie was a child, his mother had his baby sister at Christmastime.  Since she knew she would be in the hospital, she entrusted all of the Christmas money to a cousin who used it for himself.  As a result Eddie and his siblings had no presents that year.  It was traumatic for him and he doesn’t want any child to go through what happened to him.  All children need a present for Christmas.

He founded Toys for the Needy in 1996.  He had been soliciting money and toys for kids for Christmas, and realized he needed to get, applied for and received a 501C3 Nonprofit status in 2014.  He has a list of families and is always on the look out for more children who, without his help, may not have a Christmas present.

He is looking for toys, but cash, and gift cards are better, to use as gifts.  He is very grateful for the help our club has given him. 

If you can send a check or gift cards, his address is 

Toys for the Needy

PO Box 8831

Benton Harbor, MI49023

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