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    U.S. Marines deliver toys from Kaneohe to Kona

    4th Recon and VMM-268: Toys for Tots delivery

    Photo By Cpl. Eric Tso | U.S. Marines with 4th Force Reconnaissance Company and Marine Medium Tiltrotor...... read more read more



    Story by 1st Lt. Bridget Glynn 

    III Marine Expeditionary Force   

    With the holiday season, comes a time honored tradition for the U.S. Marine Corps; Toys for Tots.

    On Dec. 18, 2019, U.S. Marines stationed on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay spanned the ocean and delivered thousands of toys to Kona, Hawaii with the help of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 (VMM-268), Marine Aircraft Group 24.

    “Santa Claus isn’t a fat man in a red suit on a sleigh. He’s a Marine in an MV-22,” joked U.S. Marine, 1st Sgt. Jeremy Bland, 4th Force Reconnaissance Company.

    With the support of Hawaiian residents, Bland along with reservists Staff Sgt. Michael Wong, Sgt. David Holt, and Sgt. Nikita Klochko, also with 4th Force Recon. Co., collected over 2,600 toys to be delivered to Kona.

    The Salvation Army located in Kona was struggling to get toys to support all of the families in need so when Bland reached out, they were happy to accept.

    Upon arrival to Kona, Salvation Army volunteer Bill Lawrence exclaimed, “The Marines came through. Big time.”

    Lawrence and his family were very happy to have the delivery and were excited to share the toys with the families on the Island of Hawaii.

    Flight lead co-pilot, Capt. Casey Funk, pilot, VMM-268, MAG-24 was happy to assist in the delivery of the toys stating, “This is the kind of work that we love to do.”

    The Marines may not actually be Santa, but they definitely were successful in spreading a little holiday cheer.



    Date Taken: 12.20.2019
    Date Posted: 12.20.2019 21:10
    Story ID: 356836
    Location: HI, US

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