Video – Update – Aircrew Brings Christmas to Inagua

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Crewmembers from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, had a new mission this holiday season. For several of the children of Great Inagua, Bahamas, Christmas will come a few days early. A C-130 crew from the air station delivered more than 200 toys, ranging from cars and dolls to skateboards and footballs, to the girls and boys of Great Inagua Dec. 17.The crew flew about six hours from Clearwater to Matthew Town, Bahamas, to deliver the boxes of toys to Preston Cunningham, the island’s administrator, and Ronald Roker, the island’s chief counselor, who will give the toys to the children Dec. 22.

“We do this every year, and every year we feel great about giving these kids gifts they wouldn’t normally receive,” said Lt.j.g. Alexander J. Moore, a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater C-130 pilot. “A few boxes of toys may not seem like much, but it means a lot to these children to get a special gift for Christmas.”

Great Inagua, the southern most island in the Bahamas, is home to two permanently deployed, HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla. Coast Guard crewmembers from the air station routinely rotate HH-60 crews about every two weeks to aid in search and rescue and law enforcement missions in the area.

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