FORT SILL, OK (RNN Texoma) - The Toys for Kids program at Fort Sill is helping lower ranking soldiers get Christmas presents for their kids for absolutely free.
“It’s nice to actually, kind of, get some help out with some toys and stuff," said Pvt. Joel Snyder, C Battery, 1st-78th FA. "So, that way he’s happy during Christmas.”
Pvt. Joel Snyder, his wife, Michaela, and their son, Xavier, wandered the aisles, looking for the perfect gift.
“We just came back from physical therapy for him," said Pvt. Snyder. "We’re looking for something that’d help him walk a little better. So, anything to get the joints moving, build some muscle.”
Out of the nearly 2000 toys to choose from, they found a couple, including a brand new tricycle.
Another soldier browsed for gifts for his two sons. Private Arce said sometimes it is hard to provide for his family, so he is thankful for the program.
“Well, I’m grateful, for one," said Pvt. Kevin Arce, HHB, 4th Battalion, 3rd ADA. "So, I definitely appreciate the Army providing this service to us, you know, helping out with just us, because financially it’s hard maintaining and providing and making sure that we can at least give everything back that we can.”
To qualify for the program, soldiers have to be nominated by a superior officer.
Sgt. Zachary Rogers, president of the BOSS program, said they are happy to help out fellow soldiers during the holidays.
“I just think that any time you’re able to give back to the community, that it’s a great thing," said Sgt. Rogers. "So, that’s what our program’s excited about. That’s one of our pillars, is community service. So, anytime we’re able to give back to the community, that’s a great thing.”
Each family is able to pick out one large and one small toy per child. The Toys for Kids program has helped over 80 families this year. The gifts were provided by seven community sponsors.