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FBI/Secret Service Liaison Holiday Event Supporting Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” Program

FBI New York December 24, 2009
Left to Right: Secret Service USSS RAC Michael Seremetis, ASAC Belle Chen and SSA Michael Ferrandino: Photo Credit: James Margolin

Left to Right: Secret Service USSS RAC Michael Seremetis, ASAC Belle Chen and
SSA Michael Ferrandino
Photo Credit: FBI

On Thursday December 10, representatives from the FBI and the Secret Service came together for a liaison holiday event in support of the Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” Program.

Since 1991, The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve "Toys For Tots" Program has collected new, unwrapped toys for needy children in local communities. Their motto is, “A shiny new toy delivers the message of hope to needy youngsters. This act of kindness will help motivate the children to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.”

Members of the FBI and Secret Service joined together in showing their support, as well as interagency cooperation. The hope of both agencies was to contribute to the Marine Corps Reserve’s mission in putting a smile on the faces of needy children this holiday season.

“At this time of year, as always, it is especially important for everyone to remember those less fortunate. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve has done a wonderful job with their “Toys for Tots” Program and I was proud the FBI was able to take part in this event,” said FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Belle Chen.

FBI Assistant Director in Charge Joseph Demarest commented: “The New York Office is proud of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and their  "Toys For Tots” Program. It is important for all of us to give back to the community whenever possible and it was a privilege for the FBI to participate in their program.”

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