Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91105 to hold toy drive for Childrens Hospital

ALAMEDA, Calif. - U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91105 members patrol the San Francisco Bay, Thursday, March 18, 2010, in a 25-foot Response Boat. MSSTs provide waterborne and shore side anti-terrorism force protection for strategic shipping, high interest vessels and critical infrastructure. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa Leake)

MSST 91105 Patrols San Francisco Bay

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Crewmembers from Maritime Safety and Security Team 91105 are scheduled to hold a new-toy drive in front of the Toy’s “R” Us location in Pinole, Calif., Dec. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the donation location next to the Coast Guard unit’s 25-foot response boat display.

“We had such a great turn out last year for the “Flood the Boat” toy drive, and we raised an estimated $10,000 in toys for the children at the hospital,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory McDermott, a maritime enforcement specialist from MSST 91105 and the toy-drive’s organizer. “Everyone really stepped up to make the toy drive a success. Our goal this year is to exceed the amount of toys we donated last year,” he said. “Events like this are such a great way for us to give back to the community and help those in need during the holiday season.”

All donated toys will be given to the Oakland Children’s Hospital on Dec. 20, 2010.

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