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OCR Breaks Toys for Tots Record


Story by Monica Asbury

Photos by Joe Barnet



The wind subsided, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful summer afternoon, I mean a winter day at Huntington Beach Central Park Picnic Shelter.

Our Marines sent a squad of troops with their 155mm Howitzer and a battle-ready Humvee, and HBPD sent their SWAT team with a complete display including a “Bear” assault vehicle. Members and Santa’s kids were invited to explore and question the troops.

A steady and consistent flow of OCR members filled the picnic area while toys were being piled high in boxes, and the smell of hamburgers and hotdogs filtered through the air.

K9 Officer Marco demonstrated his skills twice. Kids’ laughter echoed the bounce house and Santa listened carefully to the wishes of anxious children, who all received a special holiday decorated bag filled with coloring books, crayons and a candy cane.

So many toys were donated, that reinforcements were called in for more boxes!

A Total of nineteen (19) boxes were filled with OCR member donations. That’s a record!

Last year we filled seventeen (17) boxes! One of our very generous members, who wishes to remain anonymous, presented a $10,000 check to the USMC Charity that Master Sgt. Doon accepted on behalf of the USMC. Talk about a great day!

The following day at Autocross, members generously contributed an additional box of toys to the Toy Drive.

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Thank you OCR for your very generous support, because of you, many children will have a very Merry Christmas!

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Special heartfelt thanks to: Dick Sartor - Santa; Sandy Schwartz and Chris Brooksby - BBQ; Scott Fleener - Registration; Joe Barnet - photographer; Zaher and Lina Khatib - special assistance; Malcolm Macondray, Gary Labb - set up and clean up; Bruce Powers, James Buck for delivery of tables, chairs, cooler; and #1 Elf, Denny Asbury.


It would not have been the success it was if it wasn’t for YOU, USMC, HBPD and Surf City Bounce House.


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