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News | Feb. 12, 2016

Pearl Harbor employees extend the giving season

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Despite the end of the holiday season and arrival of a new year, employees at DLA Distribution Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, have stayed in the giving spirit. 

Each year during the months of October, November and December, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program site representatives around the island of Oahu collect new, unwrapped toys from many different participating organizations and redistribute those toys as holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the community. 

Serving as the Toys for Tots representative for Naval Base Pearl Harbor, LS3 Brianna Glynn, assigned to DLA Distribution Pearl Harbor’s Warfighter Support Office, loves the program because it “helps those who are less fortunate and delivers a strong sense of feeling that no one person is left out…despite anyone’s financial shortcomings and circumstances.” 

For the past holiday season, Glynn worked alongside Vivian Ahsam, DLA Distribution Pearl Harbor receiving supervisor, and LS1 Manny De Jesus of the Warfighter Support Office, to organize the collection, consolidation and delivery of toys from all organizations on Naval Base Pearl Harbor to benefit Toys for Tots. 

Their generosity didn’t stop there, however. 

When a local trucking company and church group learned of the trios efforts, they expressed a desire to make a generous donation and requested that the Glynn, Ahsam and De Jesus facilitate the transaction.  As a result, the trio assisted in the receiving, donation and Jan. 15 turnover of approximately $1,000 to the Toys for Tots program.  

“Thanks to LS3 Glynn and LS1 De Jesus’ hard work and efforts we were able to connect with the coordinator for Toys for Tots Hawaii.  It is with excitement that we have the great honor of sending this check knowing that all proceeds will go to benefit the children of Hawaii,” said Ahsam.