FORT DRUM, N.Y. (WWTI) — Soldiers on the Fort Drum military base made a particular supply Thursday morning. On December 2, a gaggle of Fort Drum senior noncommissioned officers led a ruck march. Carrying with them have been quite a few donations for the Mountain of Toys, which is a vacation program that has been accumulating toys for Army households for 25 years.
The trek was led from the Fort Drum Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy to the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers facility. The soldier then delivered over 100 unwrapped toys to the Mountain of Toys program field.
“As Mountain Tough Soldiers, we don’t need any incentive to go on an early-morning ruck march – but this was a pretty good one,” 10 Mountain Division Senior Enlisted Advisor Command Sgt. Maj. Mario Terenas mentioned in a press launch. “The support from the community for the Mountain of Toys program has been amazing, and we were glad to be part of it.”
According to Fort Drum Public Affairs, after the NCOs delivered their presents, one other formation of the forty first Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team additionally arrived on the BOSS middle to empty their rucks of toys.
Donations for the Mountain of Toys program have been acquired since November. Unwrapped toys have been, and can proceed to be collected on the NCOA, Post Exchange, Clark Hall and different areas.
“We’ve been getting a lot of donations, which is really awesome,” Fort Drum BOSS President Corporal Chris Jones added. “One of the collection boxes had to be emptied two days in a row. We always like to have more toys than we think we will need.”
Boxes at varied Fort Drum areas are monitored frequently and emptied when stuffed. Donations for the Mountain of Toys program will proceed to be accepted via December.