MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 24, 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) employees throughout the Northern Virginia area collected approximately 1,200 toys for underprivileged children in the nation's capital by participating in the 2008 Toys for Tots program.
"The Marines appreciate Northrop Grumman's generosity to this program," said Marine Corps Reserve Staff Sgt. Larry Sanchez. "This year, the number of donations is down, so the contribution means even more to the local children who are recipients of your gifts."
Northrop Grumman employees throughout the Washington, D.C., area collected toys at over 20 locations throughout the 2008 holiday season. This is the third year that the company has participated in Toys for Tots in the capital area.
"I am so impressed by and grateful for the generosity of our employees, who know that every child deserves to have a special holiday season," said Linda Mills, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman IT.
Through the Toys for Tots program, Marine Corps Reserve volunteers collect new, unwrapped toys during the last three months of the year to distribute to children who would otherwise not receive presents during the holiday season. The program was founded by Col. William Hendricks, USMCR (Ret.) in 1947 and was so successful in its first year that it was adopted by the Marine Corps the following year and expanded into a nationwide campaign. Since its inception, Toys for Tots has allowed Marines to distribute more than 370 million toys to more than 173 million children in need.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.
CONTACT: Juli Ballesteros, APR Northrop Grumman Information Technology (703) 556-2736 email@example.com