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Aviation Soldiers host Salvation Army Toy Shop

Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Combat Aviation Brigade's 834th Aviation Support Battalion hosted the Salvation Army's Annual Toy Shop at the Saint Paul Cedar Street Armory Dec 21-23

Thousands of needy Twin Cities-area families preregistered to attend the event Aviation Brigade Soldiers and other community volunteers escorted each family through the aisles of donated toys The toys were presorted according to age and gender making the shopping experience quick and easy Volunteers bagged up the items in bright red bags while listening to holiday music

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Corporate partners like Best Buy and Target also provided shopping carts, gift bags and other supplies The Salvation Army even provided a bus to shuttle their guests between the armory and the parking lots

"We've registered over 14 thousand families," stated Salvation Army Seasonal Service Manager, Mallory Hansen, "they are served by the Salvation Army and partner agencies representing over 32 thousand children"

"The space that we have here in Saint Paul is fantastic," said Hansen "We've really enjoyed working at this location and we've had a significant amount of help from the Guardsmen We've had National Guard vehicles going back and forth to our headquarters to pick up toys They're constantly volunteering, so the amount of support we get from this location is fantastic"

About 60 Aviation Brigade Soldiers volunteered to work the event Volunteer Carol Halloran, the wife of Maj Dan Halloran, has donated many hours of her time for very personal reasons "My son was hit by a truck," she explained, "so I am adamant that no bike go out of here without a helmet We're a little short this year, so I've decided to do a drive next year for helmets and skateboard pads"

Minneapolis and Stillwater National Guard Armories also hosted Toy Shop events

Photos and story by Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ewer
34th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
23 Dec 2010


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