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Record #: R2016-918   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 11/16/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 11/16/2016
Title: Congratulations extended to Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade on 39th anniversary and U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program on 69th anniversary
Sponsors: Mitts, Emma
Attachments: 1. R2016-918.pdf

Whereas, 2016 marks the 39 Anniversary of the Chicagoland Toys For Tots Motorcycle Parade which is the largest of its kind in the world, 2016 is also the 69th Anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, and;

Whereas, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve coordinates the national Toys for Tots program with local units working in concert with communities and with recognized local social welfare agencies throughout the United States to customize each campaign to local needs, and;

Whereas, since 1978 the Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade has conducted its annual event, first led by U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Ed "Aminal" Wisniewski and five other individuals. Eventually developing into a Chicagoland tradition involving tens of thousands of motorcyclists with many other donors, volunteer workers, corporations, small businesses, and officials of the private and public sector all donating their time, energies and moneys towards making a joyful Christmas holiday for children and organizations in need in the Chicagoland area.

Whereas, on Sunday December 4th 2016, hundreds of volunteers of the wonderful Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade will gather at the Dan Ryan Woods Grove at 85th and Western Avenue on Chicago's South Side. Whereby, they will orchestrate this motorcade to DeVry University on Chicago's North Side. They will be led by the "Jolly Old Elf and thousands of toy-bearing motorcyclists, to assist the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. These brand new toys being delivered via motorcycles will eventually be distributed to needy children throughout Chicagoland in time for Christmas, and;
Whereas, the leaders of this great City of Chicago join the volunteers of Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program in the motto and sentiment that "Every Needy Child Deserves a Brand New Toy For Christmas."

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