Operation Toy Drop 2010

| December 10, 2010

The annual Operation Toy Drop is scheduled to star at 9AM Eastern Today. There’s supposed to be a live feed at this webcast;

If it doesn’t work, go here. ADDED: Yeah, I can’t get the embed to work so you’ll have to go to the link.

Here’s some background on the event;

As the paratroopers of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) gear up for what will be the biggest airborne operation held by the U.S. Army, one thing remains first on their minds, it’s for the kids.

“For me, Toy Drop means that for Christmas morning, a child who doesn’t usually get any sort of presents will be able to open one and play with that toy all day long,” said Hipenbecker. “That child wouldn’t have gotten that toy if it wasn’t for these caring paratroopers.”

The annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop has become the largest combined airborne operation held by the U.S. Army Reserve’s USACAPOC(A) with the help of Pope Air Force Base’s 43rd and 440th Airlift Wings, the participation of Soldiers from Fort Bragg’s XVIII Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and Special Operations Command. This year’s event takes place December 10th and 11th at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and hopes to raise more than 6,000 toys for families in need.

Here’s how it works. Paratroopers bring an unwrapped toy to donate in exchange for the opportunity to earn foreign jump wings from allied soldiers from around the world. This year’s event will host allied jumpmasters from 10 different countries. Joining the returning allied jumpmaster favorites from Germany, Canada, Poland, Ireland, and Chile, are jumpmasters from Botswana, Thailand, Estonia, Israel, and Latvia.

Sorry to be so brief, I’m just trying to get up in time.

Category: Military issues

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  1. lucky says:

    And certain of y’all had bad things to say about us CA guys! Not all of us are Tactically retarded or socially backward!!!

  2. Old Tanker says:

    The foriegn jump wings thing is pretty cool…Botswana has jumpmasters?

  3. Old Trooper says:

    Very cool. Foreign jumpwings and helping kids, the best of both worlds.

  4. Why didn’t they have this when I was in the 101st Airborne? Sheee It! Foreign jump wings would be cool, and I wouldn’t even have to do the Phony soldier thing.

  5. streetsweeper says:

    Frank: Never known you to be a phony soldier, trooper! Oh wait, puking buzzards, lol! Neva mind ๐Ÿ˜‰
    *salute*

  6. A Canadian says:

    If you did this in AFGHANISTAN and IRAQ it MIGHT help win hearts and minds. Then maybe you could come HOME faster.

  7. Old Tanker says:

    Canadian

    They do, all the time. I’ve had a few friends deployed in both places. One for 3 deployments. When I ask what they want in their care packages the answer is always the same. There are a few things for them but mainly they want candy and trinkets to hand out to the kids….no doubt your own Canadian soldiers are doing the same thing…try sending them some…

  8. Spockgirl says:

    #6 Canadian:
    “If you did this in AFGHANISTAN and IRAQ it MIGHT help win hearts and minds. Then maybe you could come HOME faster.”
    As far as I know, both US and Canadian soldiers have been known to give children overseas small toys or candy, and school supplies (which I get the impression they value as much as toys). Yes, winning hearts and minds is a beautiful and beneficial thing, however, from a political standpoint, it will in all likelihood not make it so the soldiers can “come HOME faster”.

  9. lucky says:

    As the resident CA NCO, I feel obligated to say that, I have done this in both Iraq AND Afghanistan, many many times

  10. streetsweeper says:

    And so, Canadian? Lemme guess you ain’t military! You punk ass….anti-war, communist biotch! This must be Bill Perry.