Team members at Red River Army Depot joined together to collect 2,000 toys and $1,966 in monetary donations for the local 2018 Toys for Tots campaign. Over 2,300 non-perishable food items were also collected during the campaign.
"These toys makes a huge difference for our community," said RRAD Commander Col. Stephen M York during the pickup ceremony. "I really want to thank each and every one of our team members who give to this great cause each year."
The depot's Mechanical Branch and Electronic Support Branch raised $3,000 over the past year. The donations were equally split three ways with checks presented to Toys for Tots, Nick's Mission and Manna Kitchen. Both branches, who are a part of the Directorate for Public Works, have pulled together over the past 10 to 12 years to support Toys for Tots and other local charity organizations.
"We voluntarily give over the course of the year so that we can help various organizations in our area," said Jim Scarbrough, Chief of the Mechanical Branch. "The integrity and attitude of everyone in the shop is truly amazing. Everyone pitches in to make sure it's a great success each year."
The Mechanical Branch also donated refreshments for a small reception following the pickup ceremony.
Since 1989, Red River has donated over 57,000 toys and 59,000 non-perishable food items.
Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Maj. Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children.