U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots Program Delivers Broad Smiles and Cheers to Nigerian Orphans (January 17, 2015)

toy4thoughts1On January 17, the U.S. Embassy Abuja Marine Security Guard Detachment delivered scores of toys and other gifts to children of the Federal Capital Territory Unity Children’s Home, Gwagwalada as part of its annual Toys for Totsprogram.  Maria Brewer, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, led the presentation of the gifts.  She described the gesture as a wonderful way to give back to the community during the holiday season.

From October through December, toys4thoughts2the Marines collected new, unwrapped toys from members of the U.S. Embassy community for distribution to less fortunate children. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver a message of hope to become responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

As Santa and his helper handed out toys to the children of the Abuja orphanage, the impact was instant.  Each child brimmed with broad smiles and cheered as they held tightly to their presents.  The
Marine Detachment Commander, Staff Sergeant Chamnane Ung, said it was a little way to support local families and bring smiles to less privileged children. “Every kid deserves a little joy,” he said.