Camp Williams Marines Feed

the Army for Toys for Tots

 

Written by Army Sgt. Scott Faddis

Published December 15, 2005

       
Marine Sgt. Douglas Steffy, C Company, 4th Light Armor Reconnaissance Battalion, grills up some  bacon and pancakes for hungry diners.

Photo by Sgt. Scott Faddis

Marine Sgt. Douglas Steffy, C Company,

4th Light Armor Reconnaissance Battalion,

grills up some  bacon and pancakes for hungry diners.

 

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Waking up early is nothing new for the Marines.  But rising at zero-dark-thirty to feed the Army is unusual for members of C Company, 4th Light Armor Reconnaissance Battalion, headquartered at Camp Williams. 

Marines were cooking at the Spoon In Cafe Dec. 6 to raise money for their annual Toys for Tots drive.  They have worked with Spoon manager Pat Vogan since 1999 to provide this once-a-year meal to Camp Williams employees and guests, most of whom wear Army green.

Staff Sgt. Steven Lefevre of C Company started cooking at 6 a.m. and didn’t stop until all the food was gone. 

“We have already gone through four big bags of pancake mix and 45 dozen eggs,” said Lefevre at noon. 

By the end of the day Marines had fed 158 people and raised $572.00 for Toys for Tots. They were all proud of their efforts, which raised 15 percent more money than last year. 

Marine Staff Sgt. Stephanie Small, C Company, 4th Light Armor Reconnaissance Battalion, serves up more pancakes  for Sgt. 1st Class Wally Morse, left, Sgt. 1st Class Gary Gill, center, and Sgt. 1st Class Joe Bowen.

Photo by Sgt. Scott Faddis

Marine Staff Sgt. Stephanie Small,  C Company, 4th Light

Armor Reconnaissance Battalion, serves up more pancakes

 for Sgt. 1st Class Wally Morse, left, Sgt. 1st Class Gary Gill,

center, and Sgt. 1st Class Joe Bowen.

According to Staff Sgt. Stephanie Small the funds will benefit about 800 families along the Wasatch Front

“Each family will get three unwrapped toys,” said Small. 

Sgt. Sarah Francis from the 640th Regional Training Institute (RTI) was one of the many who enjoyed the pancakes.

“It’s great to get a good meal that you know will help people during the holidays,” she said.

Now that word is getting out about this unique Camp Williams Christmas tradition, perhaps next year the Marines will need to get up earlier and come with more eggs and pancake mix. And the Army, for its part, will show up with a bigger appetite and more money in its pocket.

 

Pass the syrup. It's all for a great cause.