News Channel 5 | Dec. 19, 2011
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky - Dozens of Fort Campbell families are getting a helping hand this Christmas, as the Armed Services YMCA plays santa for our soldiers.
Operation Holiday Joy started about five years ago. It's a special toy store that gives military moms and dads a chance to fill their child's wish list, without breaking the bank.
"They get a book for each child, they get a DVD or video for each child, they get a family for the family, and they also get a puzzle for each child," said organizer Shirley West. "We get all types of gifts donated to us."
Soldiers and their spouses are then given the chance to shop through the store, and the toys they select are provided free of charge.
"You want to get your children so much, but with finances being tight you can't do it all the time, and by the YMCA calling and offering this, it just means so much to me that I can have more toys for her under the tree," said Specialist Gibrain McElroy.