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More than 1,600 toys and twelve bicycles are going to less fortunate families this year thanks to the employees and members of Navy Federal Credit Union.

Members of the United States Marine Corps Reserve visited Navy Federal’s campus in Beulah last week to collect the donations to the Toys for Tots program.

Donated toys and bicycles circle the Christmas tree at Navy Federal’s Pensacola campus. (Navy Federal Credit Union/Special to The Pulse)

“I am so proud of our employees and members for continuing their generous tradition of donating so more children in our community can benefit from their kindness,” said Debbie Calder, Executive Vice President of Navy Federal’s Greater Pensacola Operations.

Navy Federal has been collecting the new, unwrapped gifts since November 14. In addition to the toys that were collected, Navy Federal donated $1,500 to the Toys for Tots foundation.

“This effort is the highlight of the Christmas season for me and many of our team members,” said Donald Belcher, Navy Federal training supervisor.

Donald Belcher, left, and Debbie Calder, right, with Navy Federal Credit Union present a $1,500 check to Marine Corps Sgt. Bryent Robertson, center, on behalf of the Toys for Tots program. (Navy Federal Credit Union/Special to The Pulse)

The primary goal of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is to help less fortunate children experience the joy of Christmas. Once they are collected by the Marines, the toys are then distributed into the communities where the toys were collected.

In addition to its support of Toys for Tots, Navy Federal employees in Pensacola also donated more than 1,550 items to the Council on Aging’s “Adopt a Senior” program and employees are currently supporting the “Adopt a Family” program though the Escambia County School District.

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