Reservists show generosity through Angel Tree program

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  • By Capt. Jennifer Gerhardt
  • 446th Airlift Wing
For the fifth consecutive year, Reservists within the 446th Airlift Wing will come together and participate in the Angel Tree program. Last year netted more than 208 presents that were delivered to 59 children and 28 families.

The Angel Tree exclusively for Reservists and their families will be set up by the family support office in Bldg. 1207.  There is also a gift tree set up in the base exchange mall, which is intended  for active-duty families.

"While it does cause some confusion, the presents are going to someone in need just the same," said Tech. Sgt. Michael Bray, from the 446th Mission Support Squadron Family Support Office.

The Angel Tree represents the wants and needs of the youngsters from Reservists families. Anyone who knows someone in need can tell the family support office or a family can request help for themselves.

"Last year we included the parents for the first time," said Sergeant Bray. "Although we haven't turned anyone away, we try to limit it to Reservists and anyone who works for the 446th Airlift Wing."

One recipient from 2006 said it best: "We have been on the receiving end of one of the food baskets and gifts at Christmas. It made such a difference to be given hope that things can and will get better."

While several of the gifts went to families in the local area, there were some presents that went as far away as Oregon and Idaho.

"These activities show families that the Air Force Reserve cares about its people, and (that) reflects positively on retention and reenlistment," said Sergeant Bray. "This also helps to make families more financially and emotionally stable for deployments.

Not only do the presents help children, but supports the adults' emotional well-beings too.

The 446th MSS Family Support Office provides support, counseling and resources for Reservists and their families not only during the holiday season, but year round.