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Marines give back to community

Donna McCain Donna McCain

December 18, 2003

Albany -- Donna McCain looks like the girl next door in out of uniform , but the Chicago native has served her country for over twenty-five years as a U.S. Marine. Thursday she continued her service with Toys for Tots.

"It puts a softer spotlight on the Marine Corps," says McCain. " A lot of the community and the world sees the Marine Corps as people out there trying to save the world. But what for the ones that are here it gives them an opportunity to touch the community a little closer," she says.

Committees start planning the toy collection event as early as September. This year the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots program combined their distribution location. The two groups coming together helps them serve more families.

"I'm really glad they can help our kids," says Rachel Musselwhit, a recipient of the program. "It's was really hard for us out there this year. I'm just glad they can help us out when we are in need," she says.

Like many others in the armed forces McCain will not be going home this Christmas, but for her being able give to families gives her a feeling of home. "Even though we are giving all the different families what they need.We are also giving them the requirement, the inspiration which is hope and faith."

So far, Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army have distributed more than six hundreds bags of toys and food to over three hundred families.

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