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NNSA Employees Give Back to Local Communities This Holiday Season

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino today announced the contributions of the men and women working across the nuclear security enterprise who have given back to their communities during this holiday season.

Employees across the nuclear security enterprise have found countless ways to make this holiday season more cheerful by collecting food, shoes, and coats, or by lending a helping hand to the less fortunate in their communities. In addition, employees have participated in various charitable campaigns that help countless families in their local communities.

“I am extremely proud of the men and women working across the nuclear security enterprise who continue to contribute to their communities year round and especially during each holiday season,” said Administrator D’Agostino. “Each year, our workforce demonstrates that serving our country includes serving our communities.”

For a complete list of activities from across the nuclear enterprise, click here.

For photos of holiday giving from across the nuclear enterprise, click here.

The following is a short summary of some of those efforts:

Kansas City Plant

  • KCP employees adopted 250 Angels and 12 Family and Senior Angels from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. The program makes sure that no child is left without a gift on Christmas morning. KCP volunteers bought then delivered a mountain of toys, games and family meals valued at $10,000.
  • KCP employees adopted an unprecedented number of homes to repair and refurbish in a single day – 21 “Christmas in October” homes.
  • Honeywell FM&T presented a check for $10,000 in support of Coats for Kids to News Radio KMBZ 980 AM. Coats for Kids provides new and used coats to children in the Kansas City community who might otherwise not have one. KCP employees joined Honeywell FM&T by donating 100 coats to the cause.


  • The Pantex Christmas Project adopted 74 families with 243 children and 10 senior citizens for this Christmas. The families were presented with toys, special-request gifts, clothing and food.
  • B&W Pantex provided gifts for Santa to deliver to children who are residents of Martha’s Home. Martha’s Home provides housing for homeless women and children.
  • B&W Pantex was a sponsor of the “Together We Can” food drive for the High Plains Food Bank. Approximately 20,000 pounds of food were collected.

Savannah River Site

  • Savannah River Site employees are celebrating 20 years of supporting the Marine Toys for Tots campaign with the collection of more than 13,000 toys in 2010 and more than 215,000 toys since the start of the SRS Toys for Tots Program in 1991.
  • For the tenth year, construction employees also sponsored the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, enabling SRS employees to adopt 300 area children. Many SRS employees chose to give more than 3,200 clothing and accessory items to Angel Tree recipients.
  • SRS recently delivered the sixth and final truckload of food and non perishables to the Golden Harvest Food Bank. The 335 Federal employees at SRS donated 66,292 pounds of goods in just more than 30 days to feed the needy in Georgia and South Carolina.


  • This year B&W Y 12 donated 1,000 baking hens to The Second Harvest Food Bank to be included in Christmas baskets being distributed through their partner agencies in the 18-county region.
  • The Y-12 Employees Society (YES) Angel Tree Program provided toys and clothing for 700 children in five surrounding counties: Anderson, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan and Scott. This is the largest number of children helped by the project in its 8 year history.
  • B&W Y-12 employees, partnering for the first year with SCI and SAIC employees delivered 1,097 items including coats, sweatshirts, sweatpants, sweaters, gloves, scarves, and toboggans to the Volunteer Ministry Center in Knoxville, including $575 from employees.
  • B&W Y-12 sponsored a holiday party for the soldiers and families of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. This celebration was a culmination of efforts by employees that began more than a year ago, which included bringing the soldiers home from Camp Shelby, Miss., for the holidays in 2009 and supporting the families during the soldiers’ deployment.

NNSA Service Center

  • NNSA Service Center employees donated 12,963 pounds of non-perishable food items and essentials to the Road Runner Food Bank during the 2010 FedsFeedFamilies food drive. In addition, employees donated 1,022 pounds of food to the annual Special Emphasis Programs Food Drive.
  • NNSA Service Center participated in the eighth annual Take a Turkey to Work Day. NNSA Service Center and Sandia Site Office employees donated more than 26,000 pounds of turkey to the Roadrunner Food Bank this year.

Nevada National Security Site

  • NSTec employees adopted 107 Angels through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, spending more than $4,800 on gifts for children.
  • Employees donated 180 bicycles and 27 barrels of toys for the local Marines’ Toys for Tots Program.
  • NSTec employees conducted a food drive for their own—offering non-perishable food items to employees that need a little assistance at this time, due to life altering circumstances.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

  • Each year LLNL employees stage the grassroots Brighter Holiday campaign to support needy families in Alameda, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. This year lab personnel provided holiday gifts, food and money toward power and heating bills this winter to more than 81 local families.
  • LLNL began its annual HOME Campaign more than 35 years ago to support charities in the Greater Bay Area during the holiday months. This year, employees raised $2.5 million.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • LANL employees donated 560 turkeys and enough nonperishable food items to fill 688 food baskets during the Feed the 500 initiative. More than 1,400 holiday tags were distributed to LANL employees to fill a child's wish during the holidays.
  • LANL employees participated in the Wreaths Across America Program. More than 300 volunteers went to the Santa Fe National Cemetery and placed 1,100 wreaths on graves.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory staff provides time and resources to help a variety of local organizations through the Team Battelle program throughout the year. During the 2010 fiscal year, more than 1,536 PNNL staff volunteered nearly 19,000 hours to 76 various community projects.
  • PNNL volunteers participated in the 13th annual “For the Love of Giving” campaign. PNNL staff donated gifts to 24 local nonprofit organizations. More than $12,500 in monetary donations and more than 10,000 items were donated during the campaign.
  • PNNL raised $9,789 and collected 18,371 can goods, for a total donation of 29,248 lbs. of non-perishable food items to local families as part of PNNL’s annual holiday food drive.
  • PNNL employees donated 443 coats to 21 local schools as part of the Coats for Kids program.

Sandia National Laboratories

  • More than 500 local elementary school children will be fitted with new shoes this year courtesy of Sandia's Shoes for Kids program, which raised more than $13,000.
  • Sandia employees donated 489 toys to children in the care of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. The Department serves and supports children and families in a responsive, community-based system of care.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.