138th FW Provides Toys for Families of Airman
By Senior Master Sgt. Preston Chasteen, 138th FW/PA
/ Published December 12, 2013
Tulsa Air National Guard -- Bitter cold weather yielding ice and snow swept through Oklahoma and most of the nation in early December 2013, the inclement weather forced the cancelling of numerous events, closed schools, and altered plans for many Americans from Texas to the far Northeast. The 138th Fighter Wing Children's Christmas Party held every year at the Tulsa Air National Guard base was one such event. "I don't ever remember us having to cancel the Children's Christmas Party, even following the September 11th terrorist attacks, we still managed a Children's Christmas Party, but the weather was just too much this year," said Connie Hurt, 138th Fighter Wing Airman and Family Readiness Program Manager.
However, the 138th Airman and Family Readiness Program would not be denied an opportunity to assist in spreading some Christmas joy. Mrs. Connie Hurt and her assistants literally turned the 138th Aerospace Dining Facility into Santa's Workshop, a one stop shop, for 138th Airman to pick up toys that were intended to be distributed to their families, at the annual Children's Christmas Party.
Connie and a host of volunteers, collected thousands of toys from area Dollar Tree stores, through Operation Homefront, and are now making those available to the immediate families of Tulsa Air National Guard Airman. The toy distribution is a three day event, but traditional guard members may come out at any time and pick-up toys, while supplies last.
"This program is vitally important for the spouses and families of our military members. It lets them know that they are valued and that they are part of our big military family." said Connie. Excess toys, if any, will be used to assist local VFW posts with their veteran's Christmas parties, and also used to help 138th families in need, throughout the year.