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In Any Clime and Place

Toys for Tots has busy weekend

By Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil | | December 08, 2008

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Santa takes off on his motorcycle during the 34th Annual Street Bikers United Toy Run Dec. 7. More than 5,000 motorcyclists from Hawaii and around the world took part in the event and generated thousands of donations to the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign.

Santa takes off on his motorcycle during the 34th Annual Street Bikers United Toy Run Dec. 7. More than 5,000 motorcyclists from Hawaii and around the world took part in the event and generated thousands of donations to the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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Santa's sleigh shows up at the 34th Annual Street Bikers United Toy Run Dec. 7. Bikers had the chance to come together to support the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign to benefit Hawaii's less-fortunate children.

Santa's sleigh shows up at the 34th Annual Street Bikers United Toy Run Dec. 7. Bikers had the chance to come together to support the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign to benefit Hawaii's less-fortunate children. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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Keoni Vaughn of Hui o Halawa, the bike club of Halawa Prison Corrections Officers, donates a lime green ape that he, his wife and his 16-year old foster daughter, won at Dave & Busters Restaurant.  More than 5,000 motorcyclists participated in this year's Toys for Tots benefit and collected thousands of toys for Hawaii's less-fortunate children.

Keoni Vaughn of Hui o Halawa, the bike club of Halawa Prison Corrections Officers, donates a lime green ape that he, his wife and his 16-year old foster daughter, won at Dave & Busters Restaurant. More than 5,000 motorcyclists participated in this year's Toys for Tots benefit and collected thousands of toys for Hawaii's less-fortunate children. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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Pam West, of the Aloha Mustang and Shelby Club, hands toy donations to Gunnery Sgt. Chris Whitley, Toys for Tots Coordinator, at the 34th Annual Oahu Car Clubs Toy Cruise donation site aboard MCBH.  More than 200 drivers from a variety of car clubs from around the island donated more than 700 toys at the end of the annual cross-island cruise.

Pam West, of the Aloha Mustang and Shelby Club, hands toy donations to Gunnery Sgt. Chris Whitley, Toys for Tots Coordinator, at the 34th Annual Oahu Car Clubs Toy Cruise donation site aboard MCBH. More than 200 drivers from a variety of car clubs from around the island donated more than 700 toys at the end of the annual cross-island cruise. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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Members of the Hawaii Performance Mustangs club drop off toy donations with Gunnery Sgt. Chris Whitley and Staff Sgt. John Hassel of the 4th Force Reconnaissance Company at the rally point of the 34th Annual Oahu Car Club Toys Cruise from Kapolei to MCBH.

Members of the Hawaii Performance Mustangs club drop off toy donations with Gunnery Sgt. Chris Whitley and Staff Sgt. John Hassel of the 4th Force Reconnaissance Company at the rally point of the 34th Annual Oahu Car Club Toys Cruise from Kapolei to MCBH. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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Col. Robert Rice, Base Commander, MCBH, assists Gunnery Sgt. Chris Whitley and Staff Sgt. John Hassel, 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, in collecting toys as car clubs rallied aboard base at the end of the 34th Annual Oahu Car Club Toy Cruise from Kapolei to MCBH.  The Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program hopes to collect more than 40,000 toys this year.

Col. Robert Rice, Base Commander, MCBH, assists Gunnery Sgt. Chris Whitley and Staff Sgt. John Hassel, 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, in collecting toys as car clubs rallied aboard base at the end of the 34th Annual Oahu Car Club Toy Cruise from Kapolei to MCBH. The Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program hopes to collect more than 40,000 toys this year. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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Kingston Liao, driving his '32 Ford, drops off toy donations with Col. Robert Rice, Base Commander, MCBH, and Kathleen White, the 9-year-old daughter of Col. Duffy White, 3rd Marine Regimental Commander, as Gunnery Sgt. Chris Whitley and Staff Sgt. Marco Garcia, 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, wait to load them into donation boxes.  Car clubs rallied aboard base at the end of the 34th Anuual Oahu Car Club Toy Cruise from Kapolei to MCBH.  More than 200 drivers from a variety of car clubs from around the island donated more than 700 toys during the annual cross-island cruise.

Kingston Liao, driving his '32 Ford, drops off toy donations with Col. Robert Rice, Base Commander, MCBH, and Kathleen White, the 9-year-old daughter of Col. Duffy White, 3rd Marine Regimental Commander, as Gunnery Sgt. Chris Whitley and Staff Sgt. Marco Garcia, 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, wait to load them into donation boxes. Car clubs rallied aboard base at the end of the 34th Anuual Oahu Car Club Toy Cruise from Kapolei to MCBH. More than 200 drivers from a variety of car clubs from around the island donated more than 700 toys during the annual cross-island cruise. (Photo by Chuck Little)


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Jack Flanagan, Navy League member, hands off a toy to Cpl. Mark Barone and Sgt. Leo Cruz, both from 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, as he prepares to take part in the Navy League's 3rd Annual Toys for Tots Golf Tournament Dec. 5. All of the proceeds from the event benefit the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign. The Navy League received an estimated 400 toys at the event.

Jack Flanagan, Navy League member, hands off a toy to Cpl. Mark Barone and Sgt. Leo Cruz, both from 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, as he prepares to take part in the Navy League's 3rd Annual Toys for Tots Golf Tournament Dec. 5. All of the proceeds from the event benefit the Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign. The Navy League received an estimated 400 toys at the event. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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HONOLULU -- The weekend was filled with holiday fun and the spirit of giving as supporters of the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program gathered at various events Dec. 5 -7.

The events and excitement were reminiscent of the campaign’s inception in Hawaii, said P. Pasha Baker, the widow of Jack Baker, who introduced the Toys for Tots campaign in Hawaii in 1963.

To start off the Toys for Tots weekend, more than 50 golfers participated in the Navy League’s 3rd Annual Toys for Tots Golf Tournament at the Navy-Marine Golf Course Dec. 5.

“This offers Navy and Marine retirees a chance to get back together and give something back to the community,” said Ed Dubats, a Navy League member. “We’re just here to have fun while giving less-fortunate kids a special holiday.”

Organizers of the event were satisfied with this year’s turnout.

“Last year we collected 322 toys, and looking at the turnout today, I’m sure we will beat that number this year,” said Bob McDermott, organizer of the tournament.

The Navy League estimated they received 400 toys.

Pasha was in attendance and brought her share of toys for the event.

“I was raised in foster homes as a little girl, so it is exciting for me to continue what my husband started,” said Pasha. “Helping others is such a satisfying, humbling feeling, especially since many lose sight of that during the holidays.”

In keeping sight of the holiday traditions of helping others, approximately 200 vehicles from various Oahu car clubs participated in the 34th Annual Toys for Tots Cruise Dec. 6.

The cruise started in Kapolei and made its way over the Ko’olau Mountains and ended at Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay.

“There are two types of people in this world -- those that who the world owes them something and those who think they owe the world,” said ‘Kokomo,’ cruise organizer. “We’re the second kind. We’re lucky to be alive and here, and we want to give something back to the community.”

Bikers also got their chance to show their support for Hawaii’s less-fortunate children Dec. 7 during the 34th Annual Street Bikers United Toy Run.

The thunderous sounds of exhaust pipes mixed with holiday music filled the air as more than 5,000 motorcyclists from around the world took off from Ala Moana Beach park, through Waikiki and ended up at the toy collection point at Kapiolani Community College.

Toy donations, which were estimated in the thousands, filled two rental box trucks and a 7-ton truck.

Bikers were in the holiday spirit, some with costumes and decorated bikes.

“This is our biggest event of the year, involving motorcycle clubs from around the state and around the world, and we do it to help out the children who are less fortunate,” said Brian Grayling, Hawaii state director of Street Bikers United, who puts on the annual event. “It’s a fun ride and it’s an important event for the children.”

The Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots campaign hopes to collect more than 40,000 toys statewide, according to Gunnery Sgt. Chris Whitley, Toys for Tots coordinator.

All donations to Toys for Tots in Hawaii, stay in Hawaii.

For more information on the Marine Corps Reserve’s annual Toys for Tots campaign, go to www.toysfortots.org.