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Toy donations are piling up for Torii Station's Angel Tree program.
Toy donations are piling up for Torii Station's Angel Tree program. (Cindy Fisher / S&S)

TORII STATION, Okinawa — The Angel Tree program is an Army Community Services tradition that is going strong at Torii Station, a holiday programs coordinator said Tuesday.

This year, 188 children will have a brighter holiday season thanks to the program, Allyson Glass said.

When units assigned eligible Army families to the station’s holiday food voucher program — in which families receive vouchers for commissaries — their children automatically were enrolled in the Angel Tree program, Glass said.

The age and gender of each enrolled child are listed on angel cards. Since Nov. 26, people have been selecting angel cards and buying a new, unwrapped, age-appropriate gift for the child on their card. Gifts average $10 to $20.

The program is getting an extra boost from the Marine Corps, Glass said. The Corps’ Toys for Tots program is providing a second gift for each child.

All toy donations are needed at Army Community Services by Monday, and volunteers will wrap the toys Tuesday and Wednesday, Glass said. Families will pick up the gifts Dec. 13.

“It used to be that the angel cards were put on a tree for people to pick up,” Glass said. But coordinators had no way of tracking who had what cards.

The program is now set up so coordinators know who has cards and can ensure all children receive gifts, she said.

“It takes a lot of people to support this, and the Army community has really taken this up and made it successful,” Glass said, adding that there are only 29 cards left. They can be picked up at Room 115 in Building 236.

For more information about the program or to volunteer to wrap gifts, call DSN 644-4328.

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