Christmas may be over a month away, but some Fort Hood soldiers aren't wasting any time making sure soldier's kids aren't left with out.
Saturday the 36th Engineer Brigade, held their third annual "Santa's Rugged Ruck March."
"We actually started about three weeks ago started collecting toys at the company," said Sergeant Ignacio Rangel.
For Sergeant Rangel and other Fort Hood soldiers, taking care of their own, is what being a part of the military is all about.
"Family members bring toys in drop them down off at the px it's a good mission," said Sergeant Rangel.
With their packs filled with toys the soldiers and their families marched their way to Santa's Workshop to drop off their donations.
"It's a tremendous, tremendous benefit, I think last year there were over 15,00 families and 3600 kids that received some level of support through the Santa's work shop," said 36th Engineer Commanding Officer Col. David Hill.
Santa's Workshop is a non profit that provides Christmas presents for children who's parents may be deployed or just need a little extra help during the holiday season.
"It's a great event, people want to come out, people want to help out each other and it's great for the holiday season which is a time of giving and helping each other," said Battalion Commander Andrew Park.
and Sergeant Rangel knows all to well how it feels to have other soldier look out for his family.
"I've been deployed 4 times twice to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan," said Sergeant Rangel.
Helping out others is something he's more than happy to do.
"It feels great, I mean it's awesome," said Sergeant Rangel.
This year about 500 soldiers came together with one mission, to bring joy to a child through a gift.