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Last chance of 2010 to support Vandenberg's Angel Tree Program

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Vandenberg First Sergeants Association is wrapping up the annual Angel Tree Program by asking participants, or future participants, to have all gifts dropped off at the Base Exchange here no later than Dec. 14.

The Angel Tree project was designed to provide Airmen here with holiday shopping assistance.

"This is a base wide program that was set up in conjunction with the Vandenberg First Sergeants to assist the Airmen stationed at Vandenberg with help for their families at Christmas," said Paulette Taylor, the Angel Tree Program coordinator.

A holiday tree, located at the BX, is decorated with 'Angel' ornaments on which each has a description, age and gender, of a child to be the recipient of a gift. The program allows people who wish to participate in the program to choose an ornament/child to find a gift for. The gifts will then be left with personnel at the BX. On Dec. 14, Ms. Taylor will collect and prepare the gifts. The gifts will then be distributed to the Vandenberg First Sergeants, who will then disperse the gifts to the Airmen.

"This program fosters the true meaning of the holidays since this is the largest event at Vandenberg for the Airmen and families and it shows that other base folks support the Airmen even if times are tough," Ms. Taylor said.

In the case all ornaments have disappeared from the BX's holiday tree, people are welcome to drop off unwrapped gifts to be used to augment the other gifts.

For more information about the program, call Paulette Taylor at 606-7416.