Employees across the Nuclear Security Enterprise are spreading joy this holiday season through various fundraisers and donation drives. Whether it’s Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, or the Salvation Army Angel Tree, these gifts bring a smile to a child’s face and send a message of hope to our nation’s future.
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped playthings to give as Christmas presents to less fortunate children. Employees at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site (SRS) celebrated 26 years of supporting the Toys for Tots Program with the collection of more than 10,000 toys this year.
In addition to collecting toys, SRS puts on a unique “Dash for Bikes, Walk for Trikes” relay race, which raises thousands of dollars to purchase bicycles and tricycles for local children. This event has become a tradition. Teams of four or five run a total of six laps – usually outfitted with fun, themed costumes. This year’s relay race raised nearly $7,500.
For the last few years, Sandia National Laboratories in California has promoted their Toys for Tots donation drive with a block party. Protective Force officers showcased their weapons, equipment and an officer vehicle. More than 600 toys were collected during the toy drive and party, which featured a very special guest: Santa Claus. Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico collected nearly 1,200 toys for local children in foster care.
The Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC) contractor employees spread warmth and cheer to local families this holiday season. Honeywell matched all donations to Coats for Kids – resulting in $21,000 raised to protect children from the cold. In addition to financial contributions, employees also donated approximately 50 gently-used coats.
KCNSC employees also fulfilled the wish lists of 250 children by donating presents through the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. This approach allows donors to “adopt” a specific child and pick out a special gift tailored to them. The paper angels provide the child’s first name, age, gender, and clothing size.
Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) employees also chose to show their generosity by participating in the Angel Tree Program. Employees adopted 60 “angels” this year, with donations totaling over $2,900. NNSS has participated in the Angel Tree Program for more than 20 years.