Personnel at Tobyhanna Army Depot contributed more than $262,000 to local, national and international charitable organizations during the federal Combined Federal Campaign. The goal was $210,000.
Employee support from the area's largest employer included direct donations and fundraising via a chili contest, hoagie sale and spaghetti dinner. The work force also extended community support through the annual Operation Santa Claus program. More than 700 children and adults attended the Operation Santa Claus parties. During the annual event, more than 150 depot volunteers and students from Pittston Area, North Pocono and Old Forge high schools dressed in costumes, assisted Santa and helped with the guests.
This year's OSC efforts raised over $50,000, including $18,000 for the Fisher House at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Decorations, clothes and toys were donated to local churches, military reserve units, centers and families in need.
"Employees have responded to news reports and personal accounts of our economy's impact on charitable giving and the need to help so many affected by the economic downturn," said depot commander Col. Charles Gibson. "That is great news for the people who receive much needed help from the regional, national and international charitable organizations that they support. I thank the employees for everything they do for our community, our armed forces and our nation."
"Holidays, birthdays & anniversaries have been celebrated with tears and smiles with people who truly understand what the other person is experiencing."
- Kamryn Jaroszewski