SAMC toy drive helps those in need
Soldiers from the 11th and 13th Missile Defense Batteries pose with the donations collected in an annual Sergeant Audie Murphy Club toy and clothing drive at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, December, 2021. The Soldiers raised more than $2000 in toys and clothes for local impoverished kids this holiday season. (Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Master Sgt. Brandon Johnson) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT CARSON, Colo. – Soldiers from the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, which includes personnel from the 11th and 13th Missile Defense Batteries, sensor management cell in Germany, raised more than $2,000 in toys and clothes for local kids in need this holiday season.

Both Staff Sgt. Garrett Woodall, and Sgt. Enrique Perez, sensor managers with the 11th MDB, spearheaded the efforts on the donations, while Master Sgt. Brandon Johnson, also of the 11th, handled the marketing and outreach efforts.

“What a great way to show our community we care,” said Woodall. “We always like to do our part in helping others who are less fortunate during the holidays.”

One of the core principles of the SAMC is community outreach. Every chapter, worldwide, does their part in helping the local community.

“Seeing the look on the faces of the kids when we hand out their presents is priceless,” said Perez. “I get goosebumps. I am really excited to just be a part of something bigger than myself, and I know that is of utmost importance for the SAMC.”

The 11th MDB sensor management cell is comprised of only 17 Soldiers, but together, with the help of Soldiers from the 13th MDB, managed to gather more than 200 items for donation.

“It just goes to show this is possible for anyone to organize and help those families in need during Christmas,” Johnson said. “We plan to do this next year as well as continue other community projects throughout all next year.