‘Raiders’ donate 150 toys to Operation Santa Claus
It was still dark outside when the 977th MP Co., 97th MP Bn., made a deposit of 150 toys at Building 261 on Main Post to Operation Santa Claus. Soldiers carried the toys and other heavy items during a cohesion run and dropped them off without losing momentum.
Story by: Pamela Redford
1ST INF. DIV. POST
About 150 toys were donated to Fort Riley's Operation Santa Claus Dec. 16 by the 977th Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, 1st Infantry Division during morning physical training.
The unit cohesion run is becoming a tradition for the company; they donated more than 100 toys on an early December morning in 2010, right before the unit deployed to Afghanistan.
But similar to last year, toys were not the only items Soldiers were carrying during the run. A deployment pallet sized Operation Santa Claus toy box was carried to Building 261 on Main Post, as well as large tractor tires. Soldiers who weren't carrying the box or the tires took turns carrying each other.
Capt. Nathan Obermeyer, commander, 977th MP Co., said the deed was a good way to give back to those less fortunate in the community. All of the toys were purchased and donated by Soldiers in the company.
"This is part of the Military Police Corps' duty to assist, protect and defend," Obermeyer said.