CIA Director Leon E. Panetta Presents Agency Contributions to Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” Campaign
December 15, 2010
Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon E. Panetta today presented the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” campaign with more than 30 boxes of toys for local children in need. The presentation was the culmination of the Agency’s annual “Operation Santa Claus” toy drive.
“The fundamental mission of the CIA is to try to keep the country safe, and more importantly we want to make sure that our children are safe for the future,” Director Panetta said. “The CIA is all about making sure our children have a better life, and what better way to express that than through the ability to bring these toys together through the Marine Reserve Toys for Tots campaign so that these children can enjoy the spirit of Christmas.”
Director Panetta added one last toy—a “Twilight Sea Turtle”—highlighting his California roots and his longstanding belief that Americans should be good stewards of the oceans. The CIA’s Associate Director for Military Affairs, Air Force Lieutenant General Kurt Cichowski, and the Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Community HUMINT, Marine Corps Major General Richard Lake, also participated in the ceremony.
Major Max Stapp presented Director Panetta with the US Marine Corps Reserve Commander’s Certificate, recognizing the CIA’s outstanding support to this year’s “Toys for Tots” campaign.
The CIA has a long history of support to the effort. This is the Agency’s eleventh year supporting “Toys for Tots” and it has sponsored similar programs for over four decades.