HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Phil McGraw, noted psychologist and host of the hit syndicated daytime talk show Dr. Phil, and Robin McGraw, his wife and best-selling author of Inside My Heart, have been announced as national spokespersons for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves 59th annual Toys for Tots holiday campaign. "We are excited to welcome Dr. Phil and Robin to the Toys for Tots family," said Marine Toys for Tots Foundation President and CEO Matthew T. Cooper, retired Lt. Gen. U.S.M.C. "For almost 60 years, Toys for Tots has collected and distributed toys to needy children. But along with the toys, the campaign strives to bring a message of hope, meant to restore and build their self-esteem, as well as to inspire youngsters to grow into more responsible, productive and patriotic citizens and community leaders." "Robin and I are happy to do everything we can to bring a little joy into the lives of children of all ages during the holiday season, and we are happy to use the resources of the Dr. Phil show to do it," said Dr. Phil. Added Robin McGraw: "We are especially proud to be working with the Marine Corps Reserves in their continuing volunteer effort to help these kids. Last year, 7.5 million children received toys thanks to the generosity of those who donated a toy or made a contribution. This year we are proud to meet the challenge of bringing as many toys as possible to kids who are in need." Beginning with the November 1 broadcast of Dr. Phil, the 2006 Toys for Tots campaign will be highlighted in various episodes heading into the holidays. Dr. Phil audience members, numbering 1500 a week, will be invited to meet the challenge, and viewers at home wishing to participate will be able to go online at www.drphil.com. On November 5, Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw will be appear on behalf of Toys for Tots at the Texas Motor Speedway, where upwards of 200,000 fans attending the Dickies 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Race will be invited to contribute toys to the campaign. With this commitment, Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw continue their efforts on behalf of disadvantaged children, having previously joined forces with the Alliance for Children's Rights, the J.C. Penney After-School Fund, Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, the Children's Defense Fund "Beat the Odds," Lutheran Family Services of Colorado and the Detroit Youth Foundation. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity, is the authorized fund raising and support organization for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.
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