15 December 2016

Soldiers from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research stand in front of a winter scarf and hat drive display, with the WRAIR Commander Col. Deborah Whitmer and Command Sergeant Major Darryl Warren. WRAIR soldiers and civilians donated winter clothing in support of Glen Haven Elementary during the drive. (U.S. Army photo by Michael V. Walters, CIV/Released)

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Holiday Spirit from WRAIR
WRAIR Public Affairs
In preparation for winter and the approaching holidays, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and Naval Medical Research Center staff collected colorful scarves and hats for the children of a local elementary school, as well as 80 new, ready-to-wrap toys. A direct donation in the amount of $200 will also aid Toys for Tots to fulfill special categories for gift-giving.

WRAIR has been partnering with Glen Haven Elementary for the past two years through WRAIR’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program. Hats and scarves were purchased and dropped in donation bins by both WRAIR and NMRC employees over the last month.

WRAIR’s BOSS program also hosted a toy collection for Toys for Tots, a nonprofit organization run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. While staff from WRAIR and NMRC experiences the joy of giving, Toys for Tots does the heavy work to collect, wrap and distribute these toys to area children who may not otherwise receive any during the holiday season.
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