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Schriever Airmen help less fortunate




Team Schriever brightened the holiday season for local area kids, giving gifts to children of struggling families through the Angel Tree program, in time for the holiday season.

“The program lifts people’s spirits up, as sometimes families are low on funds and fall on hard times,” said Staff Sgt. Marcela Parker, 50th Space Wing Chaplain’s Office NCO in charge of administration. “It allows for us provide the spiritual aspect of comprehensive Airmen fitness, and take care of Airmen and the local community.”

The Angel Tree program is an annual event hosted by the 50 SW Chaplain’s Office.  It is designed to provide an outlet for Schriever Airmen to help families on base and in the Ellicott community.  Recipient suggestions and their gifts are submitted to the Chapel Office, whose information is then transferred to cards hung on a Christmas tree for display. Those wishing to participate can see the information of the individual and purchase or donate a gift based on the suggestions on the card.

“It’s a great way to show we care about each other,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Portmann Werner. “Ellicott is included as part of our Colorado Springs family and this is a great way to improve our relationship.”

The trees, one located outside the Satellite Dish Dining Facility and the other in the Building 210 atrium, did not take long before their “ornaments” were taken by Schriever Airmen.

“A lot of people were willing to help out,” said Parker. “Now we do not have any more angel cards for the trees. It seemed like everyone was really willing to go out of there way and help out these families.”

While the trees are now bare, those looking to participate can still do so until Dec. 9.  Nearby Peterson Air Force Base also has its own Angel Tree event, with trees located at the Base Exchange, Fitness Center, Chapel and Buildings 1, 2, 3 and 350.  The deadline for Peterson is Dec. 12.

“Those who have a desire to give more still have outlets,” said Werner. “We want to make sure every child has an angel this year.”

For more information about the program, contact the Chaplain’s Office at 567-3705.


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