The MarineToys for Tots Foundation drive on the Central Coast of California covers the geographic area of Paso Robles & vicinity to Lompoc (we are the coastal corridor along Highway 101, scroll down to see the map of our area) . 

2014 was another good year with very nice donations and the support of many volunteers...and a lot of happy youngsters.  Thank you to everyone that participated

Over the past 67 years the Marine Toys for Tots Program distributed over 494 million toys to 230 million children in over 762 communities all across America.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation enjoys one of the very best program-to-support ratios among the Non-profit organizations at 97.3%. This means that over 97% of your donation goes directly to the mission of providing toys, books, and other gifts to less fortunate children. The 3% spent on support principally covers fundraising expenses...Nothing goes to salaries or any other manpower costs.

                                          IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A CONTACT TO REQUEST TOYS...

If you live within our Central Coast area click on the city listed closest to where you live and check the information for registration and distribution.

Paso Robles, San Miguel, Shandon, Lake Nacimiento

This area is handled by the Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles, Inc. in partnership with the
Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program


Atascadero, Santa Margarita, Templeton, Creston, California Valley


Cambria, San Simeon




San Luis Obispo County South:

     San Luis Obispo

     5 Cities (Shell Beach, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, &      Oceano),

     Morro Bay



If you live out of our area and want to know how to apply for toys, call your county social services department or local non-profit organization(s), such as the Salvation Army, to sign up. You may also check the National Toys for Tots web site and click on Contacts, use the scroll key to find your State and County, click on the link provided. 



The San Luis Garbage Company has donated over 110 bicycles to Toys for Tots per year in the past.  The bikes will be distributed in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Morro Bay, Atascadero and Paso Robles to some lucky, needy kids!

Bikes in Assembly

All the Company Volunteers

Assembled Bikes ready to be delivered

                                          WHICH THEY EXHIBIT EVERY YEAR....WE CANNOT THANK THEM ENOUGH!


The Marine Corps Reserve (with support from local Marine Corps League units and other volunteers) has collected toys for needy children since 1947...we are now in our 67th year!  Collection boxes are placed at a number of locations in each of our supported cities for donated NEW, UNWRAPPED toys.  The toys are picked up and delivered to distribution sites to have an appropriate toy(s) available for each child registered at that location. 

Marines holding kids

The Central Coast Toys for Tots Program is sponsored in part by the Marine Corps League, Detachment 680 based in San Luis Obispo, CA
and assisted by over 650 community volunteers

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The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

The principal Toys for Tots activity which takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located.  In communities without a Reserve Unit, the campaign can be conducted by a Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally veteran Marines, authorized by Marine toys for tots Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign.  Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations.

(Mission statement from the Toys for Tots Foundation website)



Area for Central Coast Toys for Tots:
  Paso Robles to Nipomo
  (the Coastal Corridor along Highway 101)

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Marines BannerFor more information on Toys for Tots, visit the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation

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The Marine Corps League, Detachment 680 thanks   TCSN Logo for hosting this web site as a donation, click on their logo for more   information on the many services TCSN provides.  

 The MCL website is:


  • Ranked #70 in 2012 “Philanthropy 400”
  • Unqualified opinions on Audited Financial Statements (1994-2012)
  • Average Program to Support Service expense ratio:  (2000-2012)  97:3
  • Continues to meet all 20 standards established by the Better Business Bureau WiseGiving Alliance


Last update on: November 9, 2015

Webmaster: Dave Frayer 
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