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GLJT Toys for Tots Parade Dec. 11, 2010

Mark your calanders everyone for Great Lakes Jeep Thing's 12th annual 4X4 Toys for Tots Parade.
Saturday December 11th, 2010
Line up begins at 8:00am
Start time 10:00am (be there early!)
Downtown Chicago

Start point McCormick Place parking lot "B'. Located off the 31st street exit

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IMPORTANT: Entry fee is at least one BRAND NEW toy in the original packaging (sorry no stuffed animals or toy guns). Please do not ask to participate if you are empty handed.

In 1947, Marine Corps reservist Major William L. Hendricks and Lieutenant Colonel John Hampton stumbled on a novel idea in the Los Angeles area - place collection bins outside of Warner Bros. movie theaters to collect new and used toys for boys and girls whose parents could not afford to buy them Christmas gifts. Their effort collected some 5000 toys for local children that year. The following year, Toys for Tots was launched as a national campaign for the United States Marine Corps Reserve. In the years since its inception, much has changed but the message and the mission remains the same.

The mission of the program “is to collect new, unwrapped toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.” The stated goal is to "deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens."

What’s notable is the support the Toys for Tots has garnered from local businesses and major corporations to various organizations and clubs across the country. This is where Great Lakes Jeep Thing enters the picture with its support for Toys for Tots. About 12 years ago, wanting to step up and offer their contribution to a worthy cause, the members of GLJT organized the first Jeep 4x4 Parade. During those early years, participation was limited to GLJT members, family, and friends that knew of the club's activities. This only garnered 15-20 Jeeps, but that didn’t stop them from loading up their vehicles with toys for needy children at the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve base on Foster in Chicago. This went on for a number of years, fluctuating from a dozen to a few dozen vehicles. In 2003, something special happened. Through word of mouth and exposure through the GLJT website, our little event officially exploded into something larger and much grander than what it started out as with - a parade of over 250 vehicles participated to show their support for Toys for Tots. The years since, support from over 20 clubs and hundreds of individuals has contributed to a cause that does so much good for needy children throughout the Chicagoland area. These days, the GLJT Toys for Tots parade is something that belongs to the 4x4 community as a whole. One only needs to walk through the aisles upon aisles of vehicles to see the variety of 4x4’s, from stockers to show vehicles and everything in between.

Though it is not a requirement, we do encourage everyone to add their own bit of holiday spirit to their vehicles. Let’s face it; no parade is complete without them. Every year we have participants who have gone all out decorating their vehicles like Santa’s sleigh, decked out in Christmas lights or even with inflatable decorations on their roofs. If you've never seen a few hundred 4x4's driving along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago decked out in full Christmas regalia, well let me tell you, it is certainly a site to behold. So the question is, will YOU be the person who has the most decorated vehicle at this year’s parade?

This also leads up to the other things participants are encouraged to do. While the entry fee is at least one brand new toy (still in the original packaging, no stuffed animals or toy guns please), we encourage participants to bring more than just one. Participants are always welcome to come with their vehicle loaded top to bottom with donations from family, friends or co-workers. We encourage anyone wishing to participate to find their own creative ways to solicit donations for this worthy cause.

As in past years, we’ll be starting at McCormick Place’s parking lot “B” located near 31st and Lake Shore Drive. A change from previous years is that Toys for Tots will take place on a Saturday, not a Sunday. Line up will begin at 8:00 a.m. so be sure to arrive early for the best spot in line. We’ll have a brief driver's meeting at about 9:45 a.m. explaining the parade route, along with the do’s and don’ts. For those in attendance with a CB radio, we’ll be operating on channel 4. At 10:00 a.m. sharp, we’ll be departing the parking lot and head north on Lake Shore Drive to Foster Avenue. We’ll exit at Foster and rally at the forest preserve by the lake before heading west on Foster to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve base near Kedzie Avenue for the toy drop off.

So make sure to block off Saturday December 11th, 2010 on your calendars and join us for this wonderful event. Not only will you be participating in a worthy cause, you aid in bringing hope to children this holiday season.



If by chance any vendors would like to be involved in some capacity feel free to PM me and we'll go from there.

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oooooops didnt see your post here!!!

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Only about 2wks left 'til Toys for Tots folks. Hopefully many of you will be out to support this great cause. It would be great if we could top the 176 that participated last year.

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Don't forget, the GLJT Toys for Tots Parade is this Saturday!

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Finally, it's here.

Great Lakes Jeep Things Toys for Tots Parade is TOMORROW!!!

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I just want to say thank you to everyone who came out to make this a successful event. I was told the final count was 166 vehicles and 2 trucks full of toys.

Some of the clubs who made this a great event: (I am sorry if I missed your club) just add it or pm me and I will add it.

Down and Dirty

Windy City Jeep Club

Land Rovers

Extreme Jeep

JK Owners

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Terra Jeep Club

Brew City Crawlers

WI 4X4

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Some pic's and video from the event.

YouTube - GLJT Toys for Tots-Chicago,IL 12/11/2010

YouTube - MVI 0344

Erock's Pic's

Imperial's Pic's

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