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Foundation provides free toys to Bragg military kids

Posted August 4, 2010 4:00 a.m. EDT
Updated August 4, 2010 7:12 p.m. EDT

— A toy manufacturing group on Wednesday brought free toys to children of soldiers deployed from Fort Bragg.

The Toy Industry Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America Fort Bragg distributed the toys to more than 1,000 family members at the post's Tolson Youth Center.

"Christmas in August – there's nothing better," said Toy Industry Foundation Executive Director Jean Butler. "The toy industry cares about our nation's military families, and we want to make as many military children as happy as we can."

The toys were donated to the foundation by manufacturers, retailers and distributors. The toys are being given to children at military bases with high deployment rates nationwide.

Fort Bragg has been sending soldiers to Afghanistan and Iraq since the wars started nearly 10 years ago.

"I don’t like it when he’s deployed,” Dillon Wright, 11, said of his father. “I miss him.”

Sgt. Jerome Wright has been deployed twice. He said deployments are often harder on the families than on soldiers.

“Sometimes there’s too much going on to think about missing home, so you focus on the mission at hand. And really, it’s the families that support us that have a lot of hard time," Wright said. "The boys, they definitely deserve something like this. They're really fortunate to have something like this. They go a year at times without me."