Kids Wish Network Supports the U.S. Army through Operation Toy DropKids Wish Network is proud to be a part Operation Toy Drop, a week-long philanthropic project run by the U.S. Army. We are honored to be able to provide toys and gifts for the Army to distribute to deserving children through this effort and now, through our support, Operation Toy Drop is able to expand their reach to benefit even more children nationwide. This year, we have committed to providing over a quarter million dollars’ worth of brand new toys, games and other necessities for this outstanding effort.
What is Operation Toy Drop?
Since 1998, U.S. Army base Fort Bragg and the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) [USACAPOC (A)] have hosted the Operation Toy Drop to benefit local children in need. The “drop” part of Operation Toy Drop refers to an Airborne training event in which, during a week-long toy drive, 4,000 Soldiers and Airmen from across the globe bring new, unwrapped toys to the base to benefit the children in need all around Fort Bragg. Each Paratrooper who participates receives the coveted Foreign Airborne Wings badge to wear on their uniform.
With Kids Wish Network’s support and the expansion of the Toy Drop, thousands of children nationwide will be able to enjoy new toys and games for the holiday season.
This year, in addition to providing toys and games for Operation Toy Drop’s national campaign, Executives and Board Members of Kids Wish Network will be participating in the Paratrooper Airborne training event.
2011 Operation Toy Drop Event
On Friday, December 9th, Kids Wish Network staff will assist with drawing names in the lottery to see which of the many Paratroopers present will be able to actually jump in the training event; there are thousands of eager participants and only so many time slots for Soldiers to make the jump. Then, on Saturday, December 10th, Santa Claus will arrive at Fort Bragg in a UH60 Blackhawk helicopter to kick off the day’s festivities and the Paratroopers will execute their jumps throughout the day. After the last Soldier lands in the drop zone, the Kids Wish Network staff will take part in the prestigious pinning ceremony to award the Soldiers with their Foreign Airborne Wings. It will be a memorable day for everyone involved and we at Kids Wish Network are extremely honored to be a part of Operation Toy Drop and we look forward to participating in this outstanding effort for years to come.