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Making a Difference
This holiday season, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) is promoting the spirit of giving through leading the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive and Holiday Gift Drive as part of the John Tyler Elementary School (JTES) Partnership in Education Program (PIE).
OSD and WHS have supported JTES for over 29 years as part of the PIE Program by providing tutors and special event speakers, as well as participating in various charity based programs to improve the lives of hundreds of students. Every year, employees donate non-perishable items through the Thanksgiving Food Drive, benefiting students living below the poverty line. In 2011, the Holiday Gift Drive gathered toys, games, and books for over 90% of JTES's students. In 2012, ten WHS employees visited the "Tyler Tigers" to deliver gift bags and read stories aloud to three classes, where one student exclaimed, "This is the best Christmas I have ever had!"
The support OSD and WHS employees offer JTES students plays a major role in making the holiday season memorable for them. This year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive was held during October and November, and the Holiday Gift Drive will run from Tuesday, Nov. 19 – Tuesday, Dec. 17. These important charity initiatives are only made possible with the support of employees across major Department of Defense facilities in the National Capital Region.Read More