Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 by Brianna
Ellsworth Air Force Base’s 28th Operations Group returned to YFS Child Care to carry out a special holiday mission Thursday, December 19.
The 28th Operations Group, which includes the 28th Operations Support Squadron, 34th Bomb Squadron, 37th Bomb Squadron, and 432nd Attack Squadron, once again brought Santa and Mrs. Clause to Youth & Family Services Child Care facility and delivered toys that squadron members collected over the last several weeks for children enrolled in the YFS Child Care program. This was the seventh year the 28th OG collected and donated gifts to infant, toddler, and preschool-aged children enrolled in the program.
During the month of November and early in the month of December, YFS Child Care staff provided the names and ages of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children in their program to squadron members who then purchased and wrapped gifts for every child. Squadron members delivered more than 160 gifts to the youngsters in the YFS Child Care program.
Approximately 12 squadron members arrived with Santa on the bitter Thursday afternoon.
The idea of a toy drive started among members of the 28th OSS who wanted to bring a little Christmas cheer to an organization in the community, and make a difference in the lives of children and families.
That spirit of giving soon spread to the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons, whose members and families enthusiastically began adding to the growing pile of presents for YFS children. The 432nd Attack Squadron, a new addition to EAFB, joined in the festivities this year as well.
Santa was also able to distribute gifts that were donated to the school-aged children enrolled in YFS Child Care. Gifts for these children were purchased, wrapped, and donated by workers of Rapid City’s local United States’ Postal Service office.
Each year, workers at the post office purchase gifts for all the school age children at YFS Child Care and deliver them the morning that Santa comes to visit the kids. This year, Jeffrey Kurz, USPS Mail Carrier, and retired USPS Mail Carrier, Robert Orelup, braved the blizzard-like conditions and used their day off to come unload a truck full of gifts for the children.