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Holiday Giving Program begins Nov. 1

      The Thanksgiving holiday ushers in a season that is particularly associated with giving. 

      The red kettles and "silver bells" of the Salvation Army are the most evident reminder of this fact.  Although not on the scale of the work of groups like the Salvation Army, Fort McCoy has its own tradition of generous holiday giving in the form of the Fort McCoy Installation Chaplain's Holiday Giving Program.

      The program, which kicks off Tuesday, Nov. 1, will raise money to provide a holiday meal on Thanksgiving and Hanukah/Christmas for individuals and for families from the Fort McCoy military/Department of Defense civilian community identified by their command or by their directorates. The Installation Chaplain's Holiday Giving Program also includes the Hanukah/Christmas Angel Tree project, which provides gifts to the children of recipient families.

      Those who would like to contribute to the program can drop off their monetary donation in cash or check at the Religious Support Office (RSO), 2675 South F St., during duty hours, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Checks should be made out to the "Fort McCoy Chaplain Fund" and annotated for "Holiday food."

      Collections for Thanksgiving will run through Thursday, Nov. 17. Donations for Hanukah/Christmas will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 15. Personnel donating money can specify it is for Thanksgiving or Hanukah/Christmas or to be divided for both.

      Beginning right after Thanksgiving, the week of Nov. 28, an Angel Tree will be set up in the Post Exchange (PX) Mini Mall, building 1538. The Angel Tree will be decorated with ornaments, with each containing the information about age, sex and gift preferences of a particular child. Shoppers at the PX then can select appropriate gifts and take them to the Customer Service Desk where gifts will be wrapped and placed under the tree by PX associates. 

      In the spirit of holiday giving the PX will give a 10 percent discount on gifts purchased for the Angel Tree.

      Monetary donations to the program will be divided among the people nominated for the program by their supervisors in their command or directorate. The funds will be distributed in the form of a gift certificate for food items, excluding alcohol and tobacco products, at local grocers.

      Gifts for the Angel Tree will be picked up by recipients during duty hours at the RSO from Dec. 19-22.

      For more information about the program, contact the RSO at (608) 388-3528 or visit building 2675 during business hours.

(Submitted by Religious Support Office.)

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