Hurlburt Field Angel Tree wraps 1,000 gifts, benefits 98 families

Special to the Northwest Florida Daily News/USA TODAY NETWORK
Chief Master Sgt. Cornelious Thompson, command chief of Hurlburt Field's 505th Command and Control Wing, gets into the Angel Tree spirit by cutting holiday paper. Airmen wrapped some 1,000 Christmas gifts to distribute to almost 100 base families through the First Sergeants Group's Angel Tree program.

HURLBURT FIELD — The 505th Command & Control Wing hosted #TeamHurlburt’s 2021 Angel Tree program, wrapping some 1,000 gifts for Team Hurlburt’s children.

The program sponsored by the Hurlburt Field First Sergeants Group supports base families in need with donated holiday gifts. The First Sergeants Group selected the names for this year’s Angel Tree program.

More than 98 Hurlburt families' Christmas mornings will be brighter this year, thanks to the generosity of so many within the community.

The 505th Training Squadron’s student break room was used as Hurlburt’ Field's Angel Tree command post as Team Hurlburt volunteers spent Dec. 15 wrapping over 1,000 gifts to give to almost 100 base families.

Related:Angel Tree program helps more than 800 children

More like this:Angel Tree: Salvation Army collecting toys for needy kids in Okaloosa and Walton counties

“Angel Tree is such a simple way to give back to those that already give so much! Military families are not exempt from the stressors of life — even the ones that sometimes include financial hardships,” said Master Sgt. Kristie Kersch, 505th Test & Training Group acting first sergeant. “Angel Tree is one way for our community to band together and say, ‘We got you!’ by offering silent but profound assistance to those in need. I think it truly sums up what Christmas spirit really means.”

Team Hurlburt volunteers wrapped the donated gifts on the 505th Command and Control Wing’s campus on Dec. 15 before the presents were given to the families Dec. 16.