Long & Foster Real Estate, the No. 1 privately owned residential real estate company in the United States, is once again participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in its Toys for Tots program. This year is the 26th year Long & Foster has participated in the holiday collection campaign. Many of the company’s 200-plus offices across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast have collected thousands of toys for Toys for Tots over the years.
“At Long & Foster, we’re proud to be a longtime supporter of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s annual Toys for Tots program and look forward to taking part each year,” said P. Wesley “Wes” Foster Jr., chief executive officer and founder of The Long & Foster Companies. “Toys for Tots is a worthy cause that helps make sure that children who are less fortunate in our communities have a more cheerful holiday, and it brings us joy to contribute.”
Community members may drop off new, unwrapped toys at their participating Long & Foster sales offices between now and mid-December. Employees at the company’s corporate headquarters are also participating in the annual initiative, collecting donations at the building located at 14501 George Carter Way in Chantilly, Virginia, from now through Dec. 14.
“Giving back to the many communities in which we live and work is important to our Long & Foster family, which is why we participate in the Toys for Tots drive year after year,” said Jeffrey S. Detwiler, president and chief operating officer of The Long & Foster Companies. “The U.S. Marines have built a tremendous program with Toys for Tots, and our employees, agents and their clients appreciate and enjoy the opportunity to share the holiday spirit with children who might not receive anything otherwise.”
Once the toys are collected and presented to the U.S. Marines, they are distributed through churches and social welfare agencies to the neediest children throughout the community. Started by the U.S. Marines in 1947, the Toys for Tots campaign is an annual toy collecting drive that now reaches throughout 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Toys for Tots has distributed millions of toys to millions of children over the years, and Long & Foster contributes to this effort by collecting thousands of new toys throughout the company’s Mid-Atlantic market area each year.