Vandenberg plans ahead for 2010 OKC
By Senior Airman Steve Bauer, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 05, 2010
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team Vandenberg is scheduled to host the 2010 Operation Kids' Christmas at the Pacific Coast Club here from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 4.
OKC is an annual event in which the men and women of Vandenberg sponsor approximately 200 local underprivileged children during the holidays.
The event brings in children from the local community and gives them an opportunity to play games, meet Santa and enjoy the companionship of military members.
"Operation Kids' Christmas is an important event in that it not only fosters fellowship with our local community, but offers children a wonderful experience that they will never forget," said Tech. Sgt. Isabel Curry, an OKC chairman. "The event not only impacts the children that are sponsored, but the Airmen that sponsor it as well."
For more than 50 years, the Vandenberg community has supported children from Lompoc, Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley.
Vandenberg is currently in the midst of the planning stages for the 2010 OKC.
"We are in the process of purchasing the gifts and laying the groundwork for the event," Sergeant Curry said. "Next month is when all of the real work begins."
Volunteers will be needed to help with sponsoring a child, packaging food for the families and gift wrapping. People who are fluent in Spanish are also needed to volunteer for the OKC event.
"At the end of the event, when the children are reunited with their parents, the families are given a box of food for a holiday dinner," Sergeant Curry said. "In these difficult economic times, it's important to show the local community that the Air Force is here to support them."
Donations for OKC events can be made through the Combined Federal Campaign.
For more information about OKC, or how to volunteer and (or) donate, call Tech. Sgt. Isabel Curry at 606-1541, ext. 3501.
"I'd like to thank all of you who participated in this year's Texas Blowout; your contributions are an integral part in the success of the OKC program."