[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]                                                                                                                      January 9, 2009

Chaplain's Giving Program makes season brighter for installation families

The Fort McCoy Chaplainís Giving Program helped almost 20 families (more than 50 people) enjoy Thanksgiving and the Hanukkah/Christmas holidays with food certificates and gifts.

Personnel in the Fort McCoy community donated almost $1,750 and provided holiday gifts through the Angel Tree to 33 children in 18 families, according to the Fort McCoy Religious Support Office (RSO). Children ages 1 to 17 received the gifts.

"One of the important ways in which we can care for the members of our community is through sharing with others," said Chaplain (Col.) Steven Colwell, Fort McCoy Garrison Chaplain. "The program is designed to assist the Fort McCoy community in celebrating the holidays through sharing with others. The program is set up to maximize the recipientís choice of food items for a holiday meal."

Almost $1,300 was contributed for the Christmas/Hanukkah holiday to provide the families with gift certificates for food at local grocery stores in Tomah and Sparta. Colwell said this helped these personnel have joyous holidays, during a time when families traditionally gather to celebrate.

The Fort McCoy Main Post Exchange (PX) also supported the program by allowing the Angel Tree to be set up in the facility. Personnel could choose an ornament from the tree and purchase a gift for that child. The PX provided a 10 percent discount on gifts purchased for the program and also provided free wrapping.

For more information about the Chaplainís Giving Program, call the RSO at (608) 388-3528. Donations also are accepted year-round for the Operation Helping Hand program to support military personnel and their families.


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