Military branches join forces and compete for good cause - Tucson News Now

Military branches join forces, compete for good cause

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It was a battle of the Armed forces Saturday in Tucson and it was all for a good cause.  The Army, Navy and Air Force each fielded a team competing to see which branch of the Armed Forces could collect the most toys & assemble the most bikes in two hours. 

Michele Ochoa is the president of Team up for Tucson, a non-profit charity, who put on the event at Royal Automotive on 4343 E. Speedway in Tucson.

"These service men and women do so much already," she said.  "They're out here volunteering on their own time to help The Salvation Army and the children in the community.  It means so much."

Through donations from the Christina Taylor Green Memorial Foundation, Royal Automotive, Walmart, Davis Monthan Air Force and several other private donations, TUFT was able to purchase more than 150 bicycles.  They just needed them assembled in a timely fashion. 

The Air Force was able to put together 57 bikes in the allotted 120 minutes.  They just edged out the Army and Navy's 51 despite a contribution from one family who was passing by Columbus and Speedway.  The Villa family dropped off two large boxes of toys to donate.  Jenny Villa was proud of her kids' decision to contribute.  "Their brother, Garrett, is in the Army and just got back from being deployed to Afghanistan.  So we are donating to the Army today."

Air Force Sergeant Hector Hererra had the honors of hoisting the trophy.  "We love giving back to the economy," he said.  "What better way than to come together with the Army and Navy at this time of year.  This is what it's all about."

The bicycles from Saturday's Royal Toy battle will be delivered on Saturday, December 15th to the Stuff the Hummer event at Sullivan's Steakhouse.  If you're interested on donating a toy, stop by the River and Campbell location between 8am and Noon. 

For more information on Team up for Tucson, visit their website:

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