David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - December 12 - Charitable/Volunteer Work

  One of the best things I have ever been a part of was the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps.   My husband was the Cubmaster of a Cub Scout Pack at our sons' school and I was a den leader.  We were privileged to participate in several Toys for Tots programs during those years.  Each one was different and special in it's own way.  The first year, we had two Marines actually come to our pack meeting.  Each one held a bag and the scouts marched up to the men, one by one. They gave each Marine a salute as the placed their donated toys into the bag.  What a memorable night for the boys and their families.  The next year, we were invited as a pack to the Veteran's Administration Center in Dayton, along with scout troops and packs from all over the area.  On that occasion, the boys marched up to the stage and placed their toys under a large Christmas tree. It was fun and very meaningful.  The year after that, a big event was staged at a shopping mall in nearby Beavercreek. It was a little challenging just finding placed to park at a mall so close to Christmas.  Once inside, the crowd made it difficult for the Marines to put on the program, but the kids still were able to donate their gifts to try to make sure that every child had a gift for Christmas.   I truly hope we helped to teach those scouts the lesson that it is "better to give than to receive".  Merry Christmas!

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