Monday, December 19, 2011

NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Sees Increased "Toys for Tots" Donations

By Margaret Kenyon-Ely, Naval Supply Systems Command Public Affairs

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (NNS) -- U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Weapon Systems Support leadership thanked employees for their generous donations to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve "Toys for Tots" drive Dec. 16 in Philadelphia.

The annual drive on the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Philadelphia base ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 10, resulting in the collection of 624 toys valued at more than $8,000. In 2010, 401 toys valued at $4,000 were donated by base personnel.

"The U.S. Marines always do such a good job, especially this year as the number of donations and value of the toys donated by employees here has increased. We certainly appreciate it as will the young children receiving the toys," said Rear Adm. John G. King, Commander, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support.

"This is certainly a nice boost for the Philadelphia community as everyone really stepped up and supported the drive this year," said Col. Gary Wiest, Director, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Fleet Outfitting, Planning, Support.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program's primary goal is to deliver hope in the form of a new, unwrapped toy to as many less fortunate children as possible during the holiday season.

A field activity of the Naval Supply Systems Command, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) is the U.S. Navy's supply chain manager providing worldwide support to the aviation, surface ship, and submarine communities. NAVSUP WSS provides Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces with products and services that deliver combat capability through logistics. There are more than 2,000 civilian and military personnel employed at its two Pennsylvania sites. The NAVSUP WSS Philadelphia site supports aircraft, while its Mechanicsburg site supports ships and submarines.

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