Reservists give back, receive during holiday season
| 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs | Dec. 5, 2016
(Left) Senior Master Sgt. Laura Trent, 433rd Maintenance Group plans and scheduling supervisor, and Staff Sgt. Winnett Knox, 433rd Force Support Squadron family readiness specialist, wrap gifts for the 433rd Airlift Wing’s Angel Tree at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 3, 2016. The program supports the Salvation Army San Antonio who gives the gifts to families in need throughout the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bryan Swink) (Photo by Senior Airman Bryan Swink)
(Left) Senior Airman Eddie Castillo and Airman Ashley Garcia, both 433rd Force Support Squadron services technicians, find the perfect gifts to fill stockings during a free stocking stuffer giveaway at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 3, 2016. The gifts were donated by Operation Homefront, who donate millions of toys each year to military families during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bryan Swink) (Photo by Senior Airman Bryan Swink)
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas —
Alamo Wing Airmen are not only donating to the local community during the holiday season, but also receiving donated items to help their own families.
Airmen of the 433rd Airlift Wing have been bringing toys, bikes and stuffed animals for more than two months to donate in support of their own Angel Tree program. Alamo Wing volunteers donated their time to individually wrap each of the gifts.
At the same time, Airmen were able to select several small gifts for their family members due to donation from Operation Homefront’s toy drive.
Operation Homefront is a nonprofit charity organization that donates millions of toys each year to military families during the holiday season. According to their website, Operation Homefront connects the American donor community to our military families through a robust array of valued and life-changing programs that address the specific short-term and critical assistance, long-term stability and recurring support needs they experience.
“This is the second time we’ve participated in Operation Homefront and it has been a huge success throughout the Wing,” said Leticia Gonzales, 433rd Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness director. “We’ve received a great response from our Airmen expressing how thankful they are for the program and how much it means to their children.”