Angel Trees spring to life Monday

Nate Cairney
Kaiserslautern American

The holidays are a time for giving, and the Airman and Family Readiness Center is nearly ready to plant the first seeds for charity this season. Beginning Monday, Angel Trees will pop up at select points on Air Force installations throughout the KMC.

Angel Trees, which are put up each year by the A&FRC, are designed to give a helping hand to less fortunate families throughout the community.

“We get lists of people who may need a little help (from first sergeants),” said Tim Vohar, A&FRC community readiness technician. “We try to help out for the kids.”

According to Mr. Vohar, Angel Trees work in the following way: donation envelopes – meant to hold Army and Air Force Exchange Service gift certificates – are placed on the trees and are organized according to gender and age.

Suggested donation amounts are listed for boys and girls within certain age groups. For children ages birth to two, a $10 donation is suggested; for three to nine, the suggested amount is $15 and for ages 10 and older the suggested sum is $20.

Angel Trees will be placed at the Ramstein Northside Shoppette, the Sembach Shoppette, the Ramstein and Vogelweh chapels, and the Ramstein and Vogelweh base exchanges.

The Angel Tree kickoff is 3 p.m. Monday at the Ramstein BX.

According to Mr. Vohar, the giving season runs through Dec. 4.

“We pick up the gift certificates and deliver them to first sergeants,” said Mr. Vohar. “The first sergeants give them to needy Airmen, who can decide what they want to buy for their kids. It’s less complicated than collecting gifts, and this way parents can get their children what they want.”