By Staff Sgt. Lauren Snyder, 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published December 07, 2017
A 74th Aerial Port Squadron key spouse, Lenora Gomez, along with her daughter, Layla, work together wrapping a present during an Angel Tree gift-wrapping event at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Dec. 2, 2017. The 433rd Airlift Wing donated Christmas presents to 55 “Alamo Wing” Citizen Airmen dependents through the Angel Tree project this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lauren M. Snyder)
Reserve Citizen Airmen wrap donated gifts for sponsored children during the 433rd Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center Angel Tree gift-wrapping event at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Dec. 2, 2017. All units of the 433rd Airlift Wing pitched in to make the holiday special for the families nominated for this year’s Angel Tree. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lauren M. Snyder)
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sharon Barnett, 433rd Maintenance Group aircraft quality inspector, folds wrapping paper around a gift for an Angel Tree recipient at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Dec. 2, 2017. Gifts ranged from balls, dolls, minions, gift cards, school supplies, and Texas A&M University gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lauren M. Snyder)
Volunteers prepare to wrap gifts donated for the 433rd Force Support Squadron’s Airman and Family Readiness Center’s Angel Tree at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Dec. 2, 2017. Over 100 presents were given for the sponsored families by 433rd AW Citizen Airmen and donations valued at more than $2,000. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lauren M. Snyder)
With the holiday season upon us, 433rd Airlift Wing Reserve Citizen Airmen participate in the Angel Tree program, showcasing their spirit and wiliness to give.
Fifty-five children and six hurricane-displaced adults were nominated this year to receive gifts through the program as “angels.”
“The families are all from the 433rd AW and the 960th Cyberspace Operations Group,” said Tech. Sgt. Bryan Boblett, 433rd AW Airman and Family Readiness Center NCO. “Someone in their squadron who is aware of their financial struggles offers to sponsor the children for the holiday season to make sure they have a good Christmas. Some of these families wouldn’t have any gifts without this.”
Requests for gifts this year ranged from balls, dolls, minions, gift cards, and even school supplies and clothes for those older children who were impacted by the recent hurricane season, said Boblett. There were over 100 presents for the sponsored children.
There were more than enough participants with all 433rd AW units taking part in the Angel Tree and gift card donations or gift-wrapping, said Boblett.
Instead of toys, the six adults who were displaced by Hurricane Harvey were the focus of a gift card drive, raising more than $1,500 for them.
All gifts for the angels were ready to go under the Christmas tree after a present-wrapping event, which concluded this year’s Angel Tree program, Dec. 2, 2017.
Angel Tree has been hosted by the 433rd AW A&FR Center since 2004, helping countless 433rd AW “Alamo Wing” families celebrate the season through the years.