Elton Gallegly

Rep. Elton Gallegly and Friends Operation Toy Drop 2011 Edition

Rep. Elton Gallegly lends a hand as the non-profit group For the Troops packs its 25,000th package for military men and women deployed overseas, October 2010.
Photo Credit Elton Gallegly’s Facebook.

From the press release:

In a community thank you to military families at Naval Base Ventura County, the U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly and Friends Operation Toy Drop will once again present toys and food primarily to families who have a service member who has been deployed, is deployed or is scheduled to be deployed.Media will have three opportunities to cover the events:

  • Saturday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the home of Elton and Janice Gallegly in Simi Valley, when about 30 volunteers will package 3,500 toys and sporting goods into 750 age- and gender-appropriate gift bags.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3, Time TBD, Simi Valley to Navy Base Ventura County,  when Navy personnel will transport the bicycles, tricycles, battery-operated quads and gift bags to Navy Base Ventura County
  • Sunday, Dec. 4, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Naval Base Ventura County, when Santa will arrive from the North Pole on an Air Force C-130 bearing gifts for the children. (Interested media are requested to call Vance Vasquez, Naval Base Ventura County Public Affairs Office, at (805) 989-8095 by COB on Thursday Dec. 1.)

And, why?

To thank those families who also sacrifice when their loved one is deployed to protect all of us Americans.

What a worthy charity.

So what will be distributed?

  •  Approximately 500 bicycles, battery-operated quads, and tricycles
  • Approximately 750 age- and gender-appropriate gift bags with toys and/or sporting goods

In addition, on Saturday, Dec. 3, food to be distributed will include:

  • 400 hams
  • 400 Marie Callender’s pies
  • 2,000 pounds of potatoes

For more information, media can contact Tom Pfeifer, thomas.pfeifer@verizon.net