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Lance Cpl. Tony McCandless, right, hands out cake to kids Dec. 19 at the Kin Town Social Welfare Center, Okinawa, Japan. Marines organized a toy drive through the Kin Town Single Parent Association to give back to their community by handing out gifts and cake to the children. McCandless is a radio maintainer with 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/Released)

Photo by Cpl. Issac Ibarra

Marines Play Santa for a Day

23 Dec 2015 | Cpl. Issac Ibarra 10th Marine Regiment

Marines with 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force visited the Kin Town Social Warfare Center to hand out present to Okinawan children part of Kin Town Single Parent Association Dec. 19, 2015.

The children flooded in with big smiles and bright eyes, they were just as eager as the Marines wanting to hand out the gifts. One by one the Marines called up the kids and smiles never failed to show.

“The kids were all so happy, it definitely made their day,” said Lance Cpl. Tony McCandless, a radio maintainer with 3rd Intel. “It feels great to give someone joy like this, it’s priceless.”

The event was volunteer-based and reminder of the level of care Marines have for their local community.

“We’re not only a force of readiness, but we genuinely care about the community that we are in and were here to give back,” said Sgt. Brian Daly, a rifleman with 3rd Intel.

Community relations happen year round on Okinawa and as the holidays approach Marines away from home continue to stay faithful to their community and host nation by giving back.