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.
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.
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
$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
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.
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