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2 SOPS leads “Christmas for Kids” effort

Ms. Windy Torgerson, 2nd Space Operations Squadron hands gifts donated by Schriever particpants over to El Paso County Human Services case worker Tamella Pierce Dec. 15 at the El Paso County Human Services building. 2nd SOPS representatives led a base-wide effort to collect Christmas gifts for 101 children in protective services as part of the “Christmas for Kids” program.

Ms. Windy Torgerson, 2nd Space Operations Squadron hands gifts donated by Schriever particpants over to El Paso County Human Services case worker Tamella Pierce Dec. 15 at the El Paso County Human Services building. 2nd SOPS representatives led a base-wide effort to collect Christmas gifts for 101 children in protective services as part of the “Christmas for Kids” program.

By Jennifer Thibault

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Members of the 2nd Space Operations Squadron led the base-wide effort to sponsor approximately 100 children and 56 families through the El Paso County “Christmas for Kids” program.

This is the third year the squadron and more than 50 base volunteers have participated in the program aimed at providing Christmas gifts for children in protective services.

“Children are innocent bystanders when a family is torn apart,” said the lead Schriever AFB organizer, Mrs. Kristin Hunt. “Especially during the holiday season their displacement is heartfelt by those of us in the military community, who often have loved ones deployed far from home. The “Christmas for Kids” program allows the Schriever community to provide for these children with gifts from their ‘wish list.’“

She said she hopes the program will bring joy and happiness to their holidays, so when they return to school after the holiday break, they too can tell their friends about all the wonderful gifts they received.

“Nothing is more precious than a smile on a child’s face,” she added, “especially when you’ve had a role in putting it there,” said Mrs. Hunt

The program is a win-win for all involved according to officials at the Department of Human Services.

“This program gives our caseworkers an added opportunity to engage with the families they work with in a positive way,” said Rick Bengtsson, Director of the Department of Human Services. “Activities like this help our employees forge stronger relationships that can result in better outcomes for the children currently being served. “

Schriever personnel delivered the donated items to DHS Dec. 15, marking another successful year of support for the program.

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