During the Christmas season, Marine Corps Reservists dedicate themselves to bringing happiness to underprivileged children through the Toys for Toys program. The program started in 1947, in Los Angles, California, when Marine Corps Major Bill Hendricks led a group of fellow Marines in collecting and distributing toys. In 1948, the program went national. All Marine Corps Reserve units in North Carolina participate. The Marines receive assistance from local motorcycle clubs, which donate toys or funds, and from corporate sponsors. NBC affiliate WITN-TV in Washington, Beaufort County, has been a program participant for twenty years. In 2005, forty thousand toys were distributed to twenty thousand eastern North Carolina children.