Fort Bragg Pvt. Jarrett Bielata lined up before the break of dawn Friday with a NERF gun in hand.
He and about 3,000 other soldiers donated toys for a chance to parachute jump today with foreign jumpmasters, and he thought being one of the first to arrive at Green Ramp increased his chances.
The annual charity tradition is called the Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop, now in its 15th year and organized by U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne).
Soldiers donate a toy, enter a lottery and hope their number is picked. If so, they get to jump the next day at Bragg's Sicily Drop Zone.