Brandon Fossett, a cyber security tech at Dover Airforce Base, always had a volunteer mindset. “I usually work with Habitat for Humanity but Toys for Tots was brought up around my squadron,” said Fossett. “Then my co-worker Jason Smith gave me the extra push to do it.”
Smith reached out to local stores for toy donations and Fossett did all the pickups. Since December 1 they collected over 1000 toys, 800 from one dollar store alone.
The donations stay local as well. “We just had a “Christmas Bash” on base where we gave away a lot of the toys to military families,” said Fossett. “The rest will go to Toys for Tots.” They hope to gather even more donations before the month long drive ends on Christmas.
Although Fossett is a Milford resident, he started volunteering back in his home state of North Carolina. “I used to be in my high school’s police program,” said Fossett. “They had us helping out at food drives and churches.”
Recently his career in the Airforce has helped him volunteer even more. “The Military gives us more opportunities to help others,” said Fossett. “It seems like people in the military reach out more for help than civilians do.”
One of his favorite volunteering experiences was with the Special Olympics. While living in Mississippi, athletes were brought to the base he was training at. “My roommate and I volunteered to take in an athlete all weekend,” said Fossett. “We got him to his events, made sure he got food and helped him with his personal hygiene.”
Fossett plans on continuing his volunteer journey throughout his life. “I like to give back rather than just donating money,” said Fossett. “You actually get to see the people you’re helping.”