ALEXANDER CITY, Ala.
Benjamin Russell High School (BRHS) Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) gave 175 toys to the Tallapoosa County Dept. of Human Resources Dec. 9.
The unit collected the gifts at the school from Nov. 10 to Dec. 3 during a Christmas toy drive organized by Cadets Bethany Mask and Kaelana Carver and in partnership with the Dept. of Human Resources.
“Our original goal was to collect 100 toys,” said Carver, a senior and fourth-year naval science student. “Thanks to the support from the entire school – students, teachers, faculty and parents – we crushed that goal by almost 100%. It is a true testament to the giving nature of the Benjamin Russell [High School] family.”
Over the next couple weeks, the Dept. of Human Resources will distribute the toys to underprivileged families throughout Tallapoosa County.
“The Tallapoosa County Department of Human Resources is thankful for our community partners that enable us to provide such wonderful Christmas gifts to our children we serve,” said Angie Scott, Dept. of Human Resources social service supervisor. “It is commendable that this NJROTC group of students took on this task to help provide for others and is greatly appreciated.”
Cmdr. (retired) James Stockman, BRHS’s senior naval science instructor, presented Carver and Mask with certificates of appreciation and a command coin for organizing the toy drive.
“It is these small efforts that can make big differences in the lives of so many people,” said Stockman. “Cadets Carver and Mask should be proud in knowing that they brought the ‘Christmas spirit’ to many deserving families throughout Tallapoosa County.”
NJROTC is a citizenship development program, established in 1964, that instills service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment in students in secondary educational institutions. Today, there are more than 600 units at high schools and military academies across the United States including units in Japan and Guam.
Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), headquartered at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois, oversees the NJROTC program and 98% of all initial accessions training for the Navy, except the officers produced by the U.S. Naval Academy. This includes the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program with more than 60 units at colleges and universities across the country, Officer Training Command in Newport, Rhode Island, and Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes.
For more information about NJROTC, visit www.netc.navy.mil/NSTC/NJROTC.
For more news about NSTC, visit www.netc.navy.mil/NSTC.