Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ali E. Flisek, U.S. Air Force
U.S. Army Spc. Shawn Kemp, 189th Sustainment Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, and his son, Jackson, 3, watch as U.S. paratroopers perform static line jumps out of C-130 Hercules during the 12 Annual Operation Toy Drop at Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 6, 2009. Operation Toy Drop is an annual Airborne jump held at Fort Bragg, N.C., and is hosted by the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), and supported by Fort Bragg's XVIII Airborne Corps and Pope Air Force Base's 43rd Airlift Wing. Over 3,000 Soldiers are expected to donate a toy for a lottery ticket and the chance to jump under an international jumpmaster in order to earn their foreign jump wings. The operation gives Soldiers and Airmen the opportunity to help local families in need over the holidays while boosting moral and incorporating valuable training. Since its inception, Operation toy Drop has collected and distributed more than 30,000 toys for families of Soldiers as well Orphanages in the local community.