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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The base’s Semper Fi Society is kicking off its annual Toys-For-Tots drive at 11 a.m. Friday in the Yokota Community Center and BXtra.

Community members may donate new, unwrapped toys by placing them in collection boxes at the YCC and BXtra. Toys brought in from the drive, which ends Dec. 16, will be donated to local orphans.

“The goal of the Semper Fi Society’s Toys-For-Tots program here at Yokota is to provide less-fortunate children in the greater Yokota community with a gift to make this a more enjoyable holiday season,” said Marine Master Sgt. Terence Peck, the campaign’s coordinator. “It’s also a message to our Japanese hosts that as members of the community, we share in the commitment of caring for others.”

Marine Col. James H. Sorg, U.S. Forces Japan’s logistics director, is scheduled to provide the first donation Friday at the YCC.

The Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Program is staged every year during the holiday season. “The Marines and civilians participating in the Toys-For-Tots program are all volunteers,” Peck said. “Participating in this program allows us an opportunity to give back to a community that has continuously shown support for the men and women who are stationed here.”

The Semper Fi Society is an organization that works to promote Marine Corps values, camaraderie and esprit de corps.


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