Airmen deliver gifts to children in foster care

Posted at 11:51 AM, Dec 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-14 00:27:57-05

OGDEN, Utah - Airmen and athletes are coming together Thursday to share the Christmas spirit with children in need.

Airmen from Hill Air Force Base and Weber State University athletes combined efforts for the annual "Santa Brigade" delivery.

"It's for the kids and so everyone here has a big heart and it's just that they are really willing to give back and this makes it so easy. It's just a great opportunity for us," said Charles Dettlinger with Hill Air Force Base.

In its eighth year, the groups teamed up with Utah's Foster Care Foundation for the annual toy drive.

About 60 uniformed airmen participated in the gift giving. It's a small act of kindness that only took two hours at most for the soldiers, but will make the holidays much brighter for hundreds of Utah children in foster care.

"The reality is for some of these kids, the home they are coming from might not have been able to provide much of a holiday," said Mike Hamblin, director of foster and family recruitment. "For some kids, this might be one of the first times they've ever had Christmas gifts or been able to do some of those kinds of things."

The "Drive up and Donate for Foster Care" event is still collecting donations. They can be taken to the Murray and Ogden offices on Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.