(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Dakota Bergl)

GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind. -- On Dec. 3 Airman and Family Readiness Center’s Angel Tree program helped make the holidays a little more special for a few Grissom families.

The Angel Tree program, which gathers donations of gifts and food from on-base organizations, provided more than 30 families with everything ranging from ham and non-perishable food for a holiday dinner to toys, clothes and other presents.

“Everyone that someone felt needed an extra hand during the holidays is going away with a good selection of canned goods and non-perishable food,” said Tech Sgt. Daniel Huff, 434th Force Support Squadron readiness technician. “They will also get milk, a big ham, and gifts that our folks on base have bought and brought in.”

The donations came from Grissom employees and also from various organizations in the community.

“The sponsors who buy the gifts are not only people on base,” said Huff. “There is also the local Disabled Americans Veterans group in the area, there are a lot of local folks outside the fence that have helped out too. It’s not just Grissom but the greater community that’s been able to help our Airmen.”

The families who received the donations were thrilled and surprised by everything that was collected for them.

“I just expected to get maybe a few clothes for the kids, but this is amazing,” said one of the recipients while looking at several large boxes of food and gifts.

“This is overwhelming,” said another holding back tears of joy. “I can’t believe that everyone was so generous and caring.”

The 434th ARW is the largest KC-135R Stratotanker unit in the Air Force Reserve Command. Men and women from the Hoosier Wing routinely deploy around the world in support of the Air Force mission.

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