Joint base host toy drive


By SrA Christopher Stoltz, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Operation Homefront Hawaii will hold a holiday toy distribution event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6, at the Earhart Community Center located on the Hickam side of joint base. Toys will be given to military members and their children.

Military families who wish to attend will need to arrive early to the event, as the toys will be given away first come, first served. This event is for military service members and their families only.

A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront provides emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.

It also assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items and financial assistance.

Although there is no shortage of assistance needed during the year, Brittney Orton, community liaison of Operation Home-front Hawaii, said there is a large increase of requests during the holiday season, especially for those with less rank and larger families.

“The expense of the holiday season often impacts the budgets of our most junior enlisted members significantly,” said Orton. “For those families with children, parents are often overwhelmed trying to fit the expense of gifts into an already stretched budget. Our Holiday Toy Drive assists military parents in providing presents to their children during tough economic times.”

While Operation Home-front provides services and assistance to those in need, Orton said people shouldn’t forget about what makes it possible — the charity of others.



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