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Thanks for making Quantico drive succeed

Date published: 1/15/2014

Thanks for making Quantico drive succeed

The 2013 Quantico Toys for Tots campaign was successfully completed. This year's campaign came with its own unique challenges. It began with the dilemma of no place to warehouse the more than 127,000 toys that would ultimately bring a little Christmas joy to more than 63,000 deserving children.

Thanks to Sharon DeSouza, promotions and events director, Star Radio Group, and Florence Barnick, associate publisher of The Free Lance-Star Media Cos., that dilemma was quickly resolved with an offer of warehouse space.

On behalf of the Marines attached to the Inspector-Instructor, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, who administer this program yearly, a sincere, heartfelt "thank you" goes out to all volunteers who provided support.

Some civilians from the community--Al Michaels, Norma Gonzalez, Rick Schmirl, Dave Kingsbury, Barbara Brown and the Huff family--deserve a special thank you for showing up almost every day to lend a hand.

Working with Staff Sgt. Brett Wagner, Staff Sgt. Matthew Dennis, Sgt. Jeremy Olson, Sgt. Shawn Palmer, Sgt. Justin Minnick and Sgt. Robert Bradley, all under the leadership of Maj. Charles O'Neill at 4th LARBN and Cpl. Tabitha Bartley, community relations chief in the Quantico Public Affairs Office, was truly a privilege.

I have many years of experience working with Marines associated with the Toys for Tots program, and every year they amaze me all over again. They have an uncanny ability to run this program by the book with just the right amount of heart, because they truly believe every child deserves a little Christmas!

Wilma G. Vaughn


The writer is community relations officer, MCB Quantico.