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WWF and Toys for Tots Partner to Help Global Conservation and Children in Need this Holiday Season

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and World Wildlife Fund are teaming up to make a child’s day brighter this holiday season. People who donate through WWF’s symbolic animal adoption program can choose to give their adoption premium package to a needy child in the United States through the Toys for Tots program. As part of the adoption package, kids not only receive an adorable animal plush to cuddle, but also a fact card with information about conservation and the animal species adopted.

From November 21 to December 12, people can visit the WWF Adoption Center at www.worldwildlife.org/adopt, select any of 80 different types of animals available for adoption and click the “Toys for Tots” donation link, which will ensure the gift gets to a child in need in communities across the country. Orders are also accepted by calling 1-800-CALL-WWF.

With the adoption, the child will receive an adoption certificate for the adopted animal, a color photo, a fact card with details about the species and its habitat and a soft animal plush. Adoptions for the Toys for Tots program are available for $50, $100, or $250, with donations of $100 and up including a world map for the child, showcasing the places where each of the 80 animals live in the wild.

“This partnership makes it possible for individuals to support two wonderful causes, with one single donation,” said Terry Macko, vice president of membership and partner marketing at WWF.  “With a symbolic animal adoption you can help save the wonder of nature for future generations while bringing joy to a child in need this holiday season."

A contribution to WWF’s symbolic adoption program helps to protect endangered species, preserve endangered places and fight global threats like overfishing, deforestation and global warming, while supporting all of WWF’s global conservation projects.

“We are honored to partner with the World Wildlife Fund this holiday season,” said Major Bill Grein, USMC (Ret), vice president of marketing and fundraising for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.  “These gifts not only deliver joy and hope to needy children, but will inspire them to learn more about conservation and being good stewards of our environment."

About Toys for Tots

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity is the authorized fund raising and support organization for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.  The Foundation provides the funding and support needed for successful annual toy collection and distribution campaigns.  The foundation is located at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia.  Local Marine Corps Reserve units and volunteer organizations collect and distribute toys in over 600 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.

About World Wildlife Fund

For more than 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The largest multinational conservation organization in the world, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level, from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature. Go to worldwildlife.org to learn more.

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