CCAD Hands Over Thousands of Toys for Tots

    by Jaclyn Nix, CCAD Public Affairs

CCAD employees help the Marines load up the bicycles

CCAD employees help the Marines load up the bicycles into the trucks to be taken to children across the Coastal Bend. Photo by Kiana Allen. (RELEASED).

Corpus Christi, TX (December 19, 2011) – Corpus Christi Army Depot knows the meaning of giving during the holiday season, and this year they have outdone themselves.

CCAD handed over thousands of toys and hundreds of bicycles to the United States Marine Corps Reserve for their Toys for Tots campaign Thursday, December 15, 2011.

Every year, CCAD employees, contractors and partners fill decorated Toys for Tots boxes placed throughout the depot to help the Marines provide for the needy children in South Texas. The depot is one of the top five contributors in the region.

“It doesn’t take much to motivate CCAD. Every year they’re the ones who get me motivated to get the ball rolling,” said Felix Tagle, Pave Hawk Assembly Branch Chief and this year’s Toys for Tots coordinator. 

“CCAD gives because they have good hearts. We know these bikes and toys are going to go to children who really need them, and that is what we are looking for.”

CCAD understands donating to the less fortunate. In 2010, CCAD filled four quarter-ton trucks and pickups with 5200 toys and 414 bicycles. This year, the depot donated 56 boxes filled with toys and 586 bicycles.

“I have never seen a group of employees give as I have seen at CCAD,” said Col. Christopher Carlile, CCAD Commander. “This is absolutely unbelievable.”

International Association of Machinists held a snowless ski competition where they raised money for the Toys for Tots campaign. CCAD employees, contractors and partners dueled up racing down the slopes for a dollar a piece to raise a total of $521.

This year, on average, the Coastal Bend children are receiving two to three toys each thanks to the generous donations.

“CCAD is one of our biggest contributors,” said 1st Sgt. Paul Crawford of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. “They always put out for us and, with them being one of the last major events that we have, they fill every quota we have and then some.”

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year. These toys are distributed as Christmas gifts to the less fortunate children in the community. The Toys for Tots goal is to instill a message of hope to the needy children that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

“I just want to thank CCAD,” said 1st Sgt. Crawford. “They do an outstanding job. It seems to me it just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year. I’m looking forward to next year to see if they can out do themselves again.”

Hundreds of bikes sitting on the flight line

Hundreds of bikes sitting on the flight line are prepared to be donated by the Corpus Christi Army Depot to the United States Marine Corps Reserve for Toys for Tots. Photo by Kiana Allen. (RELEASED).


Designated a Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for rotary wing aircraft, Corpus Christi Army Depot ensures aviation readiness through overhaul, repair, modification, retrofit, testing, recapitalization, and modernization of helicopters, engines and components. This effort includes world-wide on-site field maintenance teams, analytical crash investigations and chemical material process facilities. CCAD serves as a depot training base for active duty Army, National Guard, and reserve units. CCAD, as South Texas' largest industrial employer, employs more than 5500 personnel and contractors providing an overall economic impact of more than $1.14 Billon to the local community.