Dr. Travis Le of Fairfax joined the U.S. Marines in an all out campaign against poverty and illiteracy in our own society through the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Literacy Program. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty over 16 million children in the United States live below the federal poverty level.
In 1947, after WWII, Toys for Tots began in Los Angeles when Major Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservist collected and distributed 5000 toys to needy children.
Then in 2008 in order to do something about illiteracy, the Toys for Tots Literacy Program was launched with the mission to offer our Nation’s most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and succeed in life. Big companies such as The UPS Store, FAO Schwartz, Hasbro, Toys R Us, The Walt Disney Company and many more joined the fight in supporting the Toys for Tots Literacy Campaign.
Dr. Le said, "I want to do my part. And I want every American and everyone in this city to know about this program and support it."
During the event presentation, Captain Joseph Draeger of the U.S. Marines said, "Through the gift of a book we can provide the tools needed to help break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time." Dr. Le said that his colleagues all agreed to support this program, and during the event they raised enough money to help over ten thousand disadvantaged families in the United States.
Dr. Le, a native of Northern Virginia and based in Fairfax, has built a reputation as a leading dentist in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and places an emphasis on offering the latest technology in the dental field. Dr. Le is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.