SCRHEIVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
With the holidays quickly approaching, the 50th Space Wing Chaplain’s office is partnering with Ellicott School District to sponsor the Angel Tree Program through Dec. 20.
The program is an annual toy and clothing drive for children in the local community and on Schriever Air Force Base.
First Lieutenant Lauren Hughes, 50th Space Wing chaplain, said there are three angel trees decorated with candy canes, angels and bells placed in different locations throughout the base.
“Each decoration, has a code, gender and age listed,” she said. “The code is to ensure personal information is protected. Once you select a decoration, you can contact the Chaplain’s office with the code and we will give you more information regarding the child’s interests and wish list.”
The Chaplain’s office and volunteers will collect gifts and deliver them to students in the Ellicott School District.
“You can drop your gifts off the chapel’s office 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Building 210 and 300 room 146 up until Dec. 14, 2018.” Hughes said. “Please ensure the tag is securely attached to the unwrapped gift.”
Schriever first sergeants will also play an active role in the program.
“First sergeants will distribute gifts to their Airmen that may need some assistance,” Hughes said. “The team involved in the program will protect the identities of Schriever AFB personnel who will benefit from the event, so please let your first sergeant know if you are struggling financially through the holidays.”
Hughes said the holidays can be extremely difficult for some, creating financial stressors for families.
“We get involved to help the Ellicott community and our Schriever Airmen who may be experiencing financial hardships during the season,” she said. “We get to help neighbors and be good wingmen to those in need.”
Staff Sgt. Joshua Jones, 50th Space Wing Chaplain’s office noncommissioned officer in charge, said the Angel Tree benefits Schriever AFB by not only reaching out and strengthening the base’s relationship with local communities, but also fulfilling the 50th Space Wing’s priority of taking care of Airmen, and their families.
“I think this gives Airmen and their families some fulfillment and joy by purchasing the items and having the opportunity to help the Airmen of our installation and the local community,” he said.
The Chaplain’s office is still in need of volunteers and will be hosting gift wrapping parties in the Chapel Resource Room, in Building 300, room 146, Dec. 17 - 19.
“Volunteers will help us decorate the trees, wrap gifts and deliver gifts to Ellicott children and Schriever Airmen,” Hughes said. “Holidays for Ellicott and the Angel Tree program are a tangible way for personnel to help families in need, strengthen community ties and care for their fellow wingman during the holiday season.”
Jones said the Angel Tree Program is a wonderful opportunity for the installation to participate in the spirit of giving.
“This is my first time being a part of a Chaplain’s office putting on an event like this,” he said. “I am looking forward to seeing the joy this event will bring to families.”
For more information or to volunteer, contact the 50th SW Chaplain’s office at 567-3705.