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. To cast your vote, use the social media buttons to share this story, or leave a comment below. If they reach 500 votes, the $5,000 donation they’ve already earned doubles to $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. 

 

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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.  

 

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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

 

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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  

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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.

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Forge3
13 days ago

Keep up the amazing work Kurland Insurance!!

-From the Forge3 Team

Ramona Kurland
13 days ago

Let’s do this!

Tammy Hickman
13 days ago

$10,000 here we come!

Stacey Marks
13 days ago

So exciting! Amazing work!

Cathy Corich
13 days ago

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

Dee Graves
13 days ago

Keep up this important work! Amazing!!

Angela Townsend
13 days ago

Good luck!!!

Magdalena Jaramillo
13 days ago

Great Work Kurland Insurance

Angela Townsend
13 days ago

What a great organization!

Melissa Maldonado
13 days ago

You guys can do this go Ramona !!!

Kathy Madden
13 days ago

From a Marine family: way to go, Kurland

Kim Garza
13 days ago

Keep up the Awesome work Matt and Mona.

Linda
13 days ago

Keep up the great work!

Michelle Pirman
13 days ago

Great job!

Michelle Pirman
13 days ago

Keep up the good work!

Michelle Pirman
13 days ago

Thank you for your hard work!

Michelle Pirman
13 days ago

Bill says hi!

Susan
13 days ago

YAY!

Charlie
13 days ago

Amazing Work.

Michelle Tubby
13 days ago

Great work!

Erika Pirman
13 days ago
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Rachelle Mahoney
13 days ago

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

Meg Browning
13 days 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
13 days 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
13 days ago

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

Lorraine Monteleone
13 days ago

Love this!

Sally Nabors
13 days ago

Love your dedication to giving back!

Doug
13 days ago

What a great cause!

Desmond Armstrong
13 days 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
13 days ago

Always giving back! Go Kurland!

Sarah
13 days ago

God bless you!

Melissa
13 days ago

Way to go Kurland Insurance!!!

Carrie coffelt
13 days ago

Love Kurland insurance!!!

Carrie coffelt
13 days ago

Keep up the amazing work!!

Carrie coffelt
13 days ago

Thank you for being U!!

Carrie coffelt
13 days ago

Love love love

Dan S.
13 days ago

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

Denise Samano
13 days ago

Best of luck

Mona
13 days ago

Thank you!

Pasaye
13 days ago

Good luck you guys!

Pasaye
13 days ago

K I

Pasaye
13 days ago

You guys rock keep up the good work

Pasaye
13 days ago

Such a good cause

Pasaye
13 days ago

Go K I !

Apri Haffner
13 days ago

Thank you!

Brenda Nelson
12 days ago

So proud to work for Kurland!

Jill Elias
12 days ago

Best of luck to you all!

Sarah Sarubbi
12 days ago

Nice work!! Good luck!

Stacie Cornfield
12 days ago

Good luck making your goal!

Mark Hickman
12 days ago

This is awesome

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