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NEWS | Dec. 21, 2017

Army South Soldiers spread holiday cheer with toy ruck march

By Frederick Hoyt U.S. Army South Public Affairs

The holiday season is well known for acts of generosity and kindness and Soldiers from U.S. Army South at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston helped out by participating in a toy ruck march sponsored by the Headquarters Support Company. 


Participants gathered early Dec. 14 at the MacArthur Parade Field and stuffed lots of toys and goodies into their ruck sacks before heading off on a three-mile road march JBSA-Fort Sam Hosuton Child Development Center.


“We’re out here doing a holiday ruck to donate gifts to the CDC to help out the kids – for those who are in need,” said Spc. Matthew Saenz. “It’s great for esprit de corps. The unit did a really good job of putting this event together.”


With ruck sacks full, some lit with colorful lights, and the Army South HSC colors displayed, the Soldiers marched their way to the Child Development Center.


“Each quarter, the Headquarters Support Company deliberately seeks out volunteer opportunities to give back to the community,” said Capt. Derik Strong, commander, Army South Headquarters Support Company. “I have been a part of toy rucks at other units and was excited to work with the school liaison and the CDC to make it happen here and to get the toys to families of Soldiers in need.”