Spreading holiday cheer to deserving kids

Kurland Insurance works with the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation to collect and distribute toys and gifts to less fortunate children across the U.S. each Christmas season. They reached their goal of 500 votes and doubled their donation to reach $10,000.

A beloved institution since 1947, the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation is synonymous with Christmas cheer. The foundation helps run and support the Toys for Tots program by raising funds, buying and collecting toys, managing community outreach and much more. It distributes about 18 million toys to seven million less fortunate children annually. In addition, the Toys for Tots Literacy Program helps kids succeed in school year-round and in life through direct access to books and other educational resources. 

Spreading holiday cheer to deserving kids
The Kurland Insurance Team and two U.S. Marines in front of a truck filled with 2,750 donated toys, including more than 600 books.

A year-round effort 

 

Led by agency owners Matt and Mona Kurland, Kurland Insurance and its employees have supported Toys for Tots since 2010. A big part of their effort includes connecting with other local businesses to facilitate drop-off and pick-up locations for collection boxes all over the south suburbs of Chicago. Once the boxes have been collected, the agency delivers the toys to the Marines unit in Chicago where they are sorted before being distributed to families.  

 

Kurland Insurance’s involvement isn’t confined to the holiday season, however. Along with working throughout the year enlisting other businessowners to participate, the agency begins distributing boxes in early November to ensure that gifts will arrive for the kids in time for Christmas.  

Initially, Matt and Mona collected the donated toys in their garage. But with the total number of toys and books increasing each year, more storage space was soon needed. A solution came in 2018 when the agency’s office building manager generously pulled through to arrange for extra storage space during the toy drives. 

 

Spreading holiday cheer to deserving kids 4
Two Kurland Insurance staff dressed as elves to distribute toys.

Giving the gift of reading 

 

According to a 2001 study, the availability of books in low-income neighborhoods is about one book per 300 children. This is in stark contrast to the roughly 13 books per child available in middle-class neighborhoods. Providing children’s books to low-income families gives kids a fun and educational way to close the reading gap, improve their academic success and help break the cycle of poverty.  

 

Spreading holiday cheer to deserving kids 6

Mona Kurland picks up a donation of books to fuel the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.

Providing books to kids in low-income communities became even more challenging during the pandemic. So, to further extend a helping hand, Kurland Insurance launched its first book drive campaign in 2021, the “Christmas in July” project, to help bring awareness of the Toys for Tots Literacy Program. This allows the foundation to purchase and donate books to kids before the school year starts. “Helping deliver Christmas gifts to kids is a special mission for us,” said USMC Staff Sgt. Michael Buebe, the Joliet Toys for Tots Coordinator. “But building literacy by delivering books during the summer is the gift that lasts a lifetime in the form of knowledge, confidence and imagination. Every dollar we help to raise for this program puts a book into the hands of a deserving child.” 

 

Building literacy is the gift that lasts a lifetime in the form of knowledge, confidence and imagination.”

– USMC Staff Sgt. Michael BuebeJoliet Toys for Tots Coordinator

 

Spreading holiday cheer to deserving kids 5

The Kurland Insurance office in Orland Park, Ill., with full toy boxes ready to donate to Toys for Tots.

Kindness comes full circle 

 

Several years ago, a client responded to Kurland Insurance’s request for support with a particularly generous donation. With tears in her eyes, the client explained how Toys for Tots had given gifts to her adopted child years before, making it a Christmas to remember. “Reciprocating kindness and generosity are at the core of Toys for Tots,” said marketing director Mona Kurland. “The program is about more than toys. It’s about showing love and support to deserving kids in our community.”  

 

Toys for Tots is about more than toys. It’s about showing love and support to deserving kids in our community. 

– Mona KurlandMarketing Director, Kurland Insurance  

Spreading holiday cheer to deserving kids 2
Matt and Mona Kurland of Kurland Insurance delivering collection boxes to 55 toy drop site locations.

Increasing the Foundation’s impact 

 

As a nonprofit organization coordinated by the Marines, the USMC Toys for Tots Foundation is often short on funds for supplies and collection efforts. If awarded, a $10,000 donation from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance would help buy toys for kids, build more collection boxes to meet demand and support the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.  

 

To vote, share this story using the blue icons to the left, comment below or both. Every vote or comment gets Toys for Tots closer to a $10,000 donation, which will provide deserving children with toys this holiday season. Visit U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Foundation and Kurland Insurance Agency to learn more.

Subscribe
Notify of
297 Comments
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Forge3
1 month ago

Keep up the amazing work Kurland Insurance!!

-From the Forge3 Team

Ramona Kurland
1 month ago

Let’s do this!

Tammy Hickman
1 month ago

$10,000 here we come!

Stacey Marks
1 month ago

So exciting! Amazing work!

Cathy Corich
1 month ago

Imagine what $10,000 can do! Let’s go!

Dee Graves
1 month ago

Keep up this important work! Amazing!!

Angela Townsend
1 month ago

Good luck!!!

Magdalena Jaramillo
1 month ago

Great Work Kurland Insurance

Angela Townsend
1 month ago

What a great organization!

Melissa Maldonado
1 month ago

You guys can do this go Ramona !!!

Kathy Madden
1 month ago

From a Marine family: way to go, Kurland

Kim Garza
1 month ago

Keep up the Awesome work Matt and Mona.

Linda
1 month ago

Keep up the great work!

Michelle Pirman
1 month ago

Great job!

Michelle Pirman
1 month ago

Keep up the good work!

Michelle Pirman
1 month ago

Thank you for your hard work!

Michelle Pirman
1 month ago

Bill says hi!

Susan
1 month ago

YAY!

Charlie
1 month ago

Amazing Work.

Michelle Tubby
1 month ago

Great work!

Erika Pirman
1 month ago
Last edited 1 month ago by Erika Pirman
Rachelle Mahoney
1 month ago

let’s do this !!! amazing team doing amazing work 🙂

Meg Browning
1 month ago

The Homer Junior High School Honor Club participates with Kurland Insurance Agency for Toys for Tots every year. They are so willing to go the extra mile to help us with our participation!

Alexis Holzer
1 month ago

Love the expansion project to help boost literacy for kids year-round. Congrats on your award and thanks for all you do for the community!

Michael Sherman
1 month ago

Kurland Insurance is the Best!! They have great customer service and are always helping the community.

Lorraine Monteleone
1 month ago

Love this!

Sally Nabors
1 month ago

Love your dedication to giving back!

Doug
1 month ago

What a great cause!

Desmond Armstrong
1 month ago

We support the Boys and Girls Club through one of our clients on a golf tournament and in addition we support the B&G club in San Pedro Cal. wonderful work you are doing. Thank you!

Bridget
1 month ago

Always giving back! Go Kurland!

Sarah
1 month ago

God bless you!

Melissa
1 month ago

Way to go Kurland Insurance!!!

Carrie coffelt
1 month ago

Love Kurland insurance!!!

Carrie coffelt
1 month ago

Keep up the amazing work!!

Carrie coffelt
1 month ago

Thank you for being U!!

Carrie coffelt
1 month ago

Love love love

Dan S.
1 month ago

Thanks to Kurland for sharing their time & their hearts for children to enjoy a special Christmas.

Denise Samano
1 month ago

Best of luck

Mona
1 month ago

Thank you!

Pasaye
1 month ago

Good luck you guys!

Pasaye
1 month ago

K I

Pasaye
1 month ago

You guys rock keep up the good work

Pasaye
1 month ago

Such a good cause

Pasaye
1 month ago

Go K I !

Apri Haffner
1 month ago

Thank you!

Brenda Nelson
1 month ago

So proud to work for Kurland!

Jill Elias
1 month ago

Best of luck to you all!

Sarah Sarubbi
1 month ago

Nice work!! Good luck!

Stacie Cornfield
1 month ago

Good luck making your goal!

Mark Hickman
1 month ago

This is awesome

Make More Happen - How to Vote

  • There are two ways to vote: click the blue social media icons and share the story to your feed and leave a comment at the bottom of their story here. You can do one or all four actions.
  • You can vote on each device too! That’s right: you can vote on your personal computer, tablet and mobile device.
  • For the best voting experience: make sure your browser pop-up blocker is disabled.
  • Your personal information will not be used, shared or sold for marketing purposes.