USS Constitution Gives 'Toys for Tots'
(December 9, 2010)
|BOSTON (NNS -
December 6, 2010) -- USS
Constitution Sailors participated in the Toys for Tots
program Nov. 17 to Dec. 5 in Boston.
Toys for Tots is a Marine Corps program that collects new,
unwrapped toys during October, November and December each
The toys are distributed as Christmas gifts to
needy children in the community where the
campaign is conducted.
"The Toys for Tots program allows children in
less fortunate families to enjoy gifts that they
may have never received," said Yeoman 1st Class
(SCW) Chrishinda Dobbs, who organized the drive.
"I grew up in a low-income family, and it was
programs like Toys for Tots and selfless donors
that enabled us to enjoy new toys and cheer
during the holiday season."
"I hope the children feel that they are loved,
thought about and cared for, even by people they
don't know and may never meet," said Dobbs.
Sailors raised more than $600 in donations to
the program. Most of the donations will be
distributed to the North Shore communities of
"I hope we (the Constitution crew) continue
doing things like this, not just for Toys for
Tots but other similar programs," said Seaman
Ashley West. "It's a great idea, and it allows
us to show that we really care about our
BOSTON (Oct. 21, 2010) USS Constitution returns to her pier after an underway to celebrate her 213th launching day anniversary.
The drive concluded with a brunch held at the commandant's
house at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The Massachusetts Bay
Council and the U.S. Navy League sponsored the brunch.
"I believe that the Toy for Tots program is an important
program for Sailors to support, especially from this command
because we see so many children every year," said Yeoman 3rd
Class Alexis Condon. "The children that have been a part of
this ship's past, present and future have always supported
the Constitution as well as her Sailors. Likewise, we should
support the children."
Constitution is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard in
Boston and is the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat
and welcomes more than 500,000 visitors a year.
Article and photo By Navy MCS 3rd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald
USS Constitution Public Affairs
Navy News Service
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