The Angel Tree: Giving back to the community

Lincoln Glascock, son of Master Sergeant Jerry Glascock, 21st Operational Weather Squadron first sergeant, puts the angel on the Angel Tree Nov. 14 on Ramstein Air Base. The Angel Tree is an event hosted by the Kaiserslautern Military Community First Sergeant’s Council, where members can give monetary donations to families in need in the KMC. The event will be held from Nov. 14 to Jan. 1, 2018.

Members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community First Sergeant’s Council kicked off the annual Angel Tree event at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center on Ramstein Air Base, Nov. 14.

The Angel Tree is an American custom where people can take an angel off a displayed Christmas tree and give monetary donations or items to families in need in their community. In the KMC, first sergeants from each unit identify families within the unit who could use the monetary donation and community members make monetary donations directly to families through the council.

“Last year alone, we had 233 families and 407 kids that benefitted from this,” said Master Sgt. Antonio Lindsay, 569th United States Forces Police Squadron First Sergeant. “The families said it was a great relief.”

The Angel Tree has been hosted by the KMC First Sergeants Council for more than 10 years.

“It’s awesome, as a first sergeant, the one thing we do is help and give back to the community, so running this event is absolutely one of the best things we do all year.”

Trees will be displayed around the KMC from Nov. 14 to Jan. 1, 2018 and donations can be dropped off at the red ammo cans at any of the following locations:

  • Three main entrances to the KMCC
  • Ramstein AMC Passenger terminal
  • Ramstein Officers’ and Enlisted clubs
  • Vogelweh Chapel
  • Ramstein North and Southside chapels
  • Ramstein Northside Post Office
  • Ramstein and Vogelweh shopettes
  • Ramstein and Vogelweh commissaries