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Soldiers, families run to donate toys to German orphanage

Soldiers and family members wait in line to drop off toys after participating in the holiday Family Fun Run and Toy Drive at Vilseck, Germany, on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

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By MARTIN EGNASH | STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 13, 2017

VILSECK, Germany — Soldiers and family members of the Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment had a festive physical training session Wednesday, when they ran in formation with toys inside their backpacks to donate to a German orphanage.

More than 100 soldiers and family members ran during the Family Fun Run and Toy Drive, bringing in piles of toys to be donated to the Kinderdorf Orphanage.

Many of the soldiers and families ran about a mile wearing Santa Claus costumes, in addition to their Army issued “assault packs” stuffed with toys.

“It wasn’t really supposed to be a strenuous (physical training). It was about camaraderie, and doing the right thing,” said 1st Sgt. Jennifer Langes, with 2CR’s 4th Squadron.

The event was organized by the Sergeant Morales Club, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria.

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Soldiers with the Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment drop off toys to 1st Sgt. Langes, left, dressed as Santa Claus, during the holiday Family Fun Run and Toy Drive at Vilseck, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.
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