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Dyess Marines, Airmen bring cheer with Toys for Tots

Dyess Marines, Airmen bring cheer with Toys for Tots

Abilene community members help a family member choose a stuffed animal during a Toys for Tots event in Abilene, Texas, Dec. 12, 2018. During the event, Airmen and Marines came together with the Abilene community to help less fortunate families provide toys for their children during the holiday season. Over 17,000 toys were raised for the event with the help of donations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Dyess Marines, Airmen bring cheer with Toys for Tots

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Tristan Duncan, Detachment 1 maintenance company combat logistics battalion Toys for Tots coordinator, places toys onto a table as he prepares for a Toys for Tots event in Abilene, Texas, Dec. 12, 2018. During the event, Airmen and Marines came together with the Abilene community to help less fortunate families provide toys for their children during the holiday season. Over 17,000 toys were raised for the event with the help of donations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Dyess Marines, Airmen bring cheer with Toys for Tots

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and Abilene community members help families pick out toys for their children for a Toys for Tots event in Abilene, Texas, Dec. 12, 2018. During the event, Airmen and Marines came together with the Abilene community to help less fortunate families provide toys for their children during the holiday season. Over 17,000 toys were raised for the event with the help of donations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Dyess Marines, Airmen bring cheer with Toys for Tots

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Johann Williams, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft propulsions journeyman, hands a Cornhole game to a family member during a Toys for Tots event in Abilene, Texas, Dec. 12, 2018. During the event, Airmen and Marines came together with the Abilene community to help less fortunate families provide toys for their children during the holiday season. Over 17,000 toys were raised for the event with the help of donations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Dyess Marines, Airmen bring cheer with Toys for Tots

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, help a family member pick out toys for her children at a Toys for Tots event in Abilene, Texas, Dec. 12, 2018. During the event, Airmen and Marines came together with the Abilene community to help less fortunate families provide toys for their children during the holiday season. Over 17,000 toys were raised for the event with the help of donations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Marines assigned to Detachment 1 at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, worked alongside Dyess Airmen and Abilene community members to distribute gifts as a part of Toys for Tots in Abilene, Texas, Dec. 12-13, 2018.

According to the Toys for Tots website, their primary goal is to help bring the joy of the holidays and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children by distributing new unwrapped toys.

“This is a huge mission for the Marine Corps,” said Sgt. Tristan Duncan, Det. 1 maintenance company combat logistics battalion Toys for Tots coordinator. “We help bring the hope of Christmas to children who otherwise may not have it.”

Duncan explained that the planning of the event took several months of preparation. They dropped off donation boxes in approximately 160 locations, conducted 20 events to raise funds and collected over 17,000 toys.

“When I was younger I used to go out with my mother to help out with these kinds of events,” said Senior Airman Johann Williams, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft propulsion journeyman. “That helped me strive to continue with helping other people in need now that I’m older and to see them smile, it feels really nice.”

For information on Toys for Tots or how you can help, visit https://www.toysfortots.org.