By Lea Johnson
21st Space Wing Public Affairs staff writer
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Giving one extra gift this holiday season may brighten the day of the child of a fellow Airman.
Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph Watson said first sergeants are gathering names of children from Airmen in their squadrons whose families are having economic troubles.
The children, whose ages range from one to 14, are assigned a code number. The number, along with the child’s age, gender and gift they are asking for, are written on an angel ornament and hung on various trees around base. The angel trees can be found in the chapel, Building 350, the base exchange, Building 1 and Building 2. People can then select an angel from one of the trees and purchase a gift for the child.
“The only people who are going to see the names will be the people at the chapel and the first sergeants. So when a person picks up the angel and purchases a gift, they have no idea who it’s for,” Watson said. “Even though you don’t know specifically who (the gift) is for, you have something that a child has stated is what they really want and you know you’re going to make someone happy.”
Even though each angel lists a specific gift for a child, there is no set amount that a person should spend; it should be an amount they are comfortable with. Once a gift is purchased, the giver should wrap the gift and deliver it to the chapel, Watson said.
There are quite a few angels this year, Watson said, but there’s never been a problem with angels not getting picked. “If not all the names get picked then the chapel will take care of supplementing. We’ve never had that problem though,” he said, as the tags are normally distributed very quickly.
Gifts for an Airman’s angel should be delivered to the chapel no later than Dec. 9. First sergeants will be picking gifts up and delivering them to families the week of Dec. 12-16.
“People around the holiday season tend to be very charitable, very giving,” Watson said. “Think about how many blessings you have.”
For more information, call the chapel at 556-4442.