Governor Ralph Northam attended the kickoff of Fort Lee’s Holiday Helper Open House Friday Dec. 10.


B-roll located here:

B-roll includes: Speech from Gov. Ralph Northam; B-roll of Governor walking through the Holiday Helper “toy store” and wrapping gifts for Soldiers.

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Holiday Helper is a command-approved non-profit organization that supports military families facing special circumstances. It receives donations from off-post businesses and other groups, and passes those items along to command-nominated individuals – often junior service members with tight family budgets, but also including families at the VA Medical Center’s Fisher House and others.

Holiday Helper allows nominated military members to shop for their children’s holiday toys free of charge. Holiday Helper has a permanent “toy store” located on Fort Lee which features toys for each age group and gender.

Originally, it was an entirely holiday-focused activity, but it has expanded to free school supplies and backpack giveaways for military children over the summer and other morale-building endeavors.

Holiday Helper shines the brightest in December when it conducts an Open House filled with VIPs – including the Virginia governor and his wife – who help service members “shop” for free gifts for their children. That is followed next week by the subsequent “shopping days” for the rest of the command-nominated individuals to visit the toy warehouse to select items for their kids.

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Fort Lee is the Army’s Home of Sustainment and supports the training, education and development of adaptive Army logistics professionals. The installation supports more than 90,000 Soldiers, retirees, veterans, family members and civilian employees in the local area. Fort Lee has a regional economic impact of about $2.25 billion per year. Major organizations on the installation include the Combined Arms Support Command, Army Logistics University, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Quartermaster School, U.S. Army Transportation School, Defense Commissary Agency and Defense Contract Management Agency.

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