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Gunnery Sgt. Marylyn Sabol and Staff Sgt. Nathan Natchke, Marine Forces Korea, unload toys at a Seoul-area orphanage Wednesday as part of the Toys For Tots program. Marines collected about 3,000 toys this year, most of which were donated to orphanages in South Korea.
Gunnery Sgt. Marylyn Sabol and Staff Sgt. Nathan Natchke, Marine Forces Korea, unload toys at a Seoul-area orphanage Wednesday as part of the Toys For Tots program. Marines collected about 3,000 toys this year, most of which were donated to orphanages in South Korea. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)
Gunnery Sgt. Marylyn Sabol and Staff Sgt. Nathan Natchke, Marine Forces Korea, unload toys at a Seoul-area orphanage Wednesday as part of the Toys For Tots program. Marines collected about 3,000 toys this year, most of which were donated to orphanages in South Korea.
Gunnery Sgt. Marylyn Sabol and Staff Sgt. Nathan Natchke, Marine Forces Korea, unload toys at a Seoul-area orphanage Wednesday as part of the Toys For Tots program. Marines collected about 3,000 toys this year, most of which were donated to orphanages in South Korea. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)
Tracey Woodcock, a Marine Forces Korea family member who volunteers at the Hwang Seong Yeonngahwon orphanage, helps 3-year-old Hyong Chi Minh try on a mask Thursday that the Marines donated as part of the Toys for Tots program.
Tracey Woodcock, a Marine Forces Korea family member who volunteers at the Hwang Seong Yeonngahwon orphanage, helps 3-year-old Hyong Chi Minh try on a mask Thursday that the Marines donated as part of the Toys for Tots program. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)
Gunnery Sgt. Marylyn Sabol, Marine Forces Korea, hands a newly opened toy to 3-year-old No Min-jae Thursday at Hwang Seong Yeonngahwon orphanage. The toy was one of about 200 donated to the orphanage through the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.
Gunnery Sgt. Marylyn Sabol, Marine Forces Korea, hands a newly opened toy to 3-year-old No Min-jae Thursday at Hwang Seong Yeonngahwon orphanage. The toy was one of about 200 donated to the orphanage through the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)

2007

SEOUL — Children crowded the sliding glass doors of the Hwang Seong Yeonngahwon orphanage in Seoul last week as the Marines backed their van onto the playground to play Santa.

Stacked from the floor to the roof of the van were 200 toys, and the orphans were eager to get a closer look.

Their faces brightened as Staff Sgt. Nathan Natchke, who heads the Marine Forces Korea Toys for Tots drive, and Gunnery Sgt. Marylyn Sabol carried armloads of stuffed toys, action figures and Tonka trucks into the building.

The children flocked to the Marines and the two civilians who had accompanied them.

Some screamed with joy, others attacked each other with stuffed animals, but all of them seemed glad the Marines had come.

Thursday’s visit marked the twelfth orphanage to receive toys from the Marine Corps’ annual drive.

Others to benefit from the program included patients at the 121st Combat Support Hospital, and 19 children who had been sponsored in the Angel Tree program in Areas I and II.

Natchke said about 3,700 toys were collected through the drive, which began Nov. 16. He estimated that 1,800 to 1,900 toys were collected last year.

“This is the culmination of the program,” he said. “If it hadn’t been for [media coverage] we probably only would have collected about half of what we did.”

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