For 53 years the Kansas City Chiefs have hosted an annual Toys for Tots collection alongside members of the Marine Corps. The team will continue this tradition on Sunday, Nov. 11, when the Chiefs host the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs fans are encouraged to donate new and unwrapped toys for boys and girls up to the age of 15 as they enter Arrowhead Stadium gates. 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 be collected at stadium entry points by the Marines and in the parking lots during tailgates.
All toys will be collected at Arrowhead Stadium entrances by members of the Marines' Combat Logistics Regiment 4 and local representatives of the Marine Corps League. Gates into the Scouts Investments Club level open at 9:30 a.m. and remaining stadium gates open at 10 a.m. Kickoff for Sunday is scheduled for noon.
Last season, the Marines collected toy donations and financial contributions that provided 21,819 toys to children thanks to the generosity of Chiefs fans. That total marked a record in the history of the Chiefs Toys for Tots collection and was the biggest Toys for Tots contribution in the Kansas City area in 2017.
"The Marines of CLR-4 and Toys For Tots are so grateful for the support of this fantastic and generous team and fans who are dedicated to helping their community," Gunnery Sergeant Roger Ruiz said, the 2018 Toys for Tots Coordinator. "This is our 53rd year partnering with them and this is a huge event for us; this event aids us in bringing in a lot of joy and smiles into our local communities. Last season with the help of this event we were able to provide more than 21,000 toys to the children and families of our community and provide them with a chance to have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. We look forward to many more years of teaming up and continuing to provide the children of the community with many toys, smiles and Christmas joy."
The Chiefs Toys for Tots collection is the longest running 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 collection at Arrowhead will take place at the Chiefs Salute to Service game presented by USAA. All five branches of the military will be honored throughout the course of Sunday's game.
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.