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    Marines, Redlands Airport Association team up for Toys for Tots

    Marines, Redlands Airport Association teams up for Toys for Tots

    Courtesy Photo | Children of the Redlands Airport Association stand on the wing of an aircraft used to...... read more read more

    MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA, UNITED STATES

    12.02.2017

    Courtesy Story

    Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms

    TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. –Marines from 4th Tank Battalion partnered with the Redland’s Airport Association to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children during the 3rd annual Toys for Tots Fly-in, Dec. 2, 2017.
    The RAA pilots loaded 24 small aircraft with toys that ranged from stuffed animals to bicycles, and began their approximately 70-mile flight to the Twentynine Palms Airport.
    “It’s one of the best things we do as an aviation community; it’s joyful to fly, to give and to be a part of all this,” said Dennis K. Brown, the Safety Officer of the RAA. “This is our third year doing this and every time it gets bigger. The fact that it grows means more and more people are taking part in something that’s going to make a lot of kids happy. We`re very pleased to help, I can`t think of a better cause.”
    At the Twentynine Palms Airport the pilots met the local Toys for Tots coordinator, Staff Sgt. Jason Slye, company master gunner, 4th Tanks. For the past three years Slye has collected the toys to be distributed to less fortunate families in the area.
    “We live in a fairly poor area, and a lot of these kids wouldn’t get toys otherwise so we`re here to help out and give them a Christmas they might not have,” Slye said.
    Cindy Gablin, secretary of the RAA, was brought to tears when speaking on behalf of her volunteer community.
    “To be able to give to the children, it`s just an awesome thing to do,” Gablin said. “This year has been the most successful by far. With 2,500 toys, 6 bicycles, and $1,200 in checks donated, the numbers increased by five times since last year.”
    Toys for Tots has long been a successful nationwide community action project allowing Marines to give back to communities by helping less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas.

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    Date Taken: 12.02.2017
    Date Posted: 12.07.2017 18:57
    Story ID: 257908
    Location: MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA, US 

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