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Angel Tree provides Christmas cheer

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Tech. Sgt. David Rediger, 302nd Airlift Wing Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal, technician, takes a moment to view the angels on the Angel Tree in the entryway of the 21st Mission Support Group headquarters in building 350 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Dec. 1, 2017.

The program on Peterson AFB is operated by the Peterson AFB chapel. The goal is to reach members of the Team Pete family, who are going through a tough time, by providing gifts for children during the holiday. From Nov. 15-Dec. 13, interested people can go to a tree, remove an angel and purchase the item listed for that particular child. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dave Smith)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Tech. Sgt. David Rediger, 302nd Airlift Wing Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal, technician, takes a moment to view the angels on the Angel Tree in the entryway of the 21st Mission Support Group headquarters in building 350 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Dec. 1, 2017. The program on Peterson AFB is operated by the Peterson AFB chapel. The goal is to reach members of the Team Pete family, who are going through a tough time, by providing gifts for children during the holiday. From Nov. 15-Dec. 13, interested people can go to a tree, remove an angel and purchase the item listed for that particular child. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dave Smith)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- When events of life intercede, happy holidays can be a challenge for some families. Should a temporary duty assignment, financial struggles or another issue arise, the Angel Tree program can help out.

The Angel Tree concept began nationally in 1982 to help children in need. The program on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. is operated by the Peterson AFB chapel. The goal is to reach members of the Team Pete family who are going through a tough time.

From Nov. 15-Dec. 13, interested people can go to a tree, remove an angel and purchase the item listed for that particular child. Once purchased, gifts are dropped at the chapel and gathered for distribution. The program is anonymous for recipients and givers. Only chapel staff is privy to some information to assure the gifts get to the intended child.

“There are about 350 requests, so far,” said Staff Sgt. Wallace Pallicer, chapel assistant. The number of requests increased over the last couple of years. About 300 children were submitted during each of those seasons.

To maintain anonymity, numbers are assigned to recipients then applied to angels along with requests. Name, gender, age, wants, needs and sizes, as needed, are required to accompany each submission. Gifts can be placed in collection boxes next to the Angel Trees, or dropped at the chapel.

Gifts are gathered, wrapped and sorted Dec. 14-15 and afterward distributed to first sergeants for delivery.

Angel Trees are located in the Peterson chapel, fitness center, 21st Mission Support Group headquarters in building 350, Air Force Space Command headquarters, and North American Aerospace Defense Command/ U.S. Northern Command headquarters.

For more information, contact Pallicer at (719) 556-4442.