For 51 years the Chiefs have hosted its annual Toys for Tots collection along with members of the Marine Corps. The Chiefs will continue this tradition when the team plays the Oakland during Thursday Night Football on Thursday, Dec. 8 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Now in its 51st season, the Chiefs Toys for Tots collection is the longest of its kind between an NFL franchise and the Marines. This year’s drive will again help meet a significant need for area children. The Marines are asking Chiefs fans to donate new and unwrapped toys for boys and girls up to age 13. Again this year, there is a particular need for toys that older children can utilize.

All the toys will be collected at the Arrowhead Stadium entrances by members of the Marines’ Combat Logistics Regiment 4 and local representatives of the Marines Corps League. Gates into the Scouts Investments Club Level open at 4:30 p.m. with the remaining stadium gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Kickoff for Thursday's game is scheduled for 7:25 p.m.

Fans may choose to make a financial contribution in lieu of a toy if they prefer. Cash or checks (made payable to "Toys for Tots”) will also be collected at stadium entry points by the Marines and in the parking lots during tailgates.

Last season, the Marines collected more toys then ever with 2,322 toys and over $8,570 in donations thanks to the benevolence of Chiefs fans. That total marked Toys for Tots biggest contributions in the Kansas City area in 2015. This year, the team is hoping to surpass those figures.

The Kansas City Chiefs and the Hunt family have made corporate citizenship and charitable giving in the community a priority for the Chiefs. These efforts focus on many programs and organizations which improve the civic and cultural climate in our region, support families and children in crisis, improve health and wellness among children, as well as preserve the legacy and history of the game of football.