'Operation Toy Drive' is launched by 84th Engineers
December 7, 2012
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The "Never Daunted" Battalion combined physical readiness with holiday spirit to benefit some families in Hamilton housing, here, Nov. 28.
Members of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion (Construction Effects), 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, lined the streets with Christmas spirit as they marched to deliver donations of children's gifts to less fortunate military families.
HHC Soldiers of the 84th Eng. Bn. gave back to the military community that supports them. During their 5K ruck march, Soldiers carried donated toys to drop off at the Hamilton Housing Community Center.
"We wanted to give back to our military community and give back to those who are in need during the holiday season," said Sgt. 1st Class Francisco Campos, non commissioned officer in charge of the event, who was shocked with the positive turnout.
The designated van was loaded with gifts for children.
"It's a great feeling to know that we have the chance to help our own Soldiers," Campos said. "The amount of support received from the company was overwhelming."
Spc. Daryl Shook carried an assortment of toys for both boys and girls in his ruck sack: a Barbie, a Hello Kitty doll, a Big Foot Monster truck and some Legos. Shook was all smiles participating in this unit event that deviated from the norm.
"It was fun," he said. "People decorating their rucksacks and wearing Santa hats made the ruck march more enjoyable than usual."
Rucksacks, too, were decorated with wrapping paper, lights and Christmas tinsel, and Christmas carols filled the street as Soldiers marched for a great cause.
Service members helping other service members was a rewarding experience for all, said Sgt. Dennis Marcely.
"It was great because we got to get out and get some exercise while helping other Soldiers in need," Marcely explained.
The 84th Eng. Bn. will be deploying to Guam early next year. HHC Soldiers expressed appreciation for the unit cohesion generated during the gearing up for their deployment.