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Lance Cpls. Tyler Warren [left] and Jeffrey Ross get into the spirit by taking a picture with Santa Clause Dec. 1, 2010, during the Single Marine Shopping Night at the Marine Corps Exchange.::r::::n::::r::::n::

Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson

Exchange hosts night for single Marines

1 Dec 2010 | Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson

Marines buzzed about the Marine Corps Exchange Dec. 1, 2010, for the annual Single Marine Shopping Night.

“The single Marine is our primary customer,” said Lance Lenon, a divisional sales manager for the MCX. “We do this event to give back to the single Marine, because they support us so much.”

The event had a caricature artist, buffet line, a scavenger hunt, shoe clinics, Xbox 360 games, and even pictures with Santa Claus.

“I’ve come to this event the last three years,” said Don White, posing as Santa Claus for the event. “I love doing this for the Marines. It puts a smile on their face.”

The participants walked around the exchange and enjoyed being in the spotlight.

“It’s free and a fun time,” said Deron Perkins, a tank mechanic with Combat Logistics Battalion 7. “I came here just for this event. It’s a great opportunity to socialize with Marines.”

The event was not only held to support the Marines, but also to encourage them during a time when it can be most difficult to be away from family, said Tracy Stork, a replenishment clerk for the MCX.

“This and the Family Fun Festival [Dec. 15] are the biggest events of the year and the nearest and dearest to our hearts,” she said. “It is important to look after our Marine family in this time of deployments. We want to let them know that we are here for [them].”

For more information on upcoming Single Marine Program events, call 830-4767, or for more information about upcoming events at the MCX, contact Marine Corps Community Services at 830-4767.

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