• Staff Sgt. Dannie Abbott and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas D. Mitchell deliver gifts on behalf of the Army's Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command to Whiteside Elementary School in Belleville, Ill. SDDC sponsored an Angel Tree, which provided gifts for more than 100 needy children in the area around Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

    SDDC Soldiers deliver Angel Tree gifts to local schools

    Staff Sgt. Dannie Abbott and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas D. Mitchell deliver gifts on behalf of the Army's Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command to Whiteside Elementary School in Belleville, Ill. SDDC sponsored an Angel Tree, which provided...

  • Employees and Soldiers from SDDC pose with staff from Whiteside Elementary School in Belleville, Ill., after delivering gifts donated by employees for needy children around Scott Air Force Base, Ill., where SDDC has its headquarters. The SDDC volunteers delivered toys to three area schools.

    Angel Tree gift delivery

    Employees and Soldiers from SDDC pose with staff from Whiteside Elementary School in Belleville, Ill., after delivering gifts donated by employees for needy children around Scott Air Force Base, Ill., where SDDC has its headquarters. The SDDC...

  • Staff Sgt. Dannie Abbott leads a procession of fellow Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command employees delivering donated gifts for needy children to Laverna Evans Elementary School in O'Fallon, Ill. The command, headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., sponsored an angel tree giving program that provided gifts for more than 100 needy area children.

    SDDC special delivery

    Staff Sgt. Dannie Abbott leads a procession of fellow Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command employees delivering donated gifts for needy children to Laverna Evans Elementary School in O'Fallon, Ill. The command, headquartered at Scott...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Mitchell, acting senior noncommissioned officer for Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, brings donated bikes into the Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis. Through the CAC, SDDC's Personnel and Logistics Directorate adopted a needy family, providing bikes, toys, clothes and other gifts donated by employees.

    Donating bikes in East St. Louis

    Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Mitchell, acting senior noncommissioned officer for Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, brings donated bikes into the Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis. Through the CAC, SDDC's Personnel and...

  • Kristine Petrosky and Staff Sgt. Dannie Abbott, both from Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, deliver gifts for the Personnel and Logitics Directorate's adopted family at the Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis, Ill. SDDC's Angel Tree program also provided gifts for more than 100 children in the area around Scott Air Force Base, Ill., where the command is headquartered.

    Delivery gifts to East St. Louis

    Kristine Petrosky and Staff Sgt. Dannie Abbott, both from Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, deliver gifts for the Personnel and Logitics Directorate's adopted family at the Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis, Ill. SDDC's...

The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's annual Christmas tree has done more than add holiday dAfAcor to the command's headquarters on Scott Air Force Base. Courtesy of "angels," the Army command's tree has helped provide gifts for needy kids in the Metro East.

The angels were paper ornaments that adorned the tree and gave SDDC employees an opportunity to provide gifts for children at Whiteside Elementary and Middle Schools in Belleville, Laverna Evans Elementary School in O'Fallon and Scott Elementary School in Mascoutah.

Some of the angels had wish lists, while other only specified the child's age and sex, depending on which school the child attends. SDDC military and civilian employees pulled more than 100 Angel tickets and attached it to presents for that child. The wrapped presents were placed under the SDDC Christmas tree prior to their delivery.

Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Mitchell, acting command sergeant major for SDDC, along with volunteers from the SDDC team delivered the presents to the schools December 17.

"The SDDC motto is 'committed, dependable, relentless,' and that extends beyond just the military to our neighbors, communities and families," Mitchell said.

Mitchell and members of the SDDC Personnel and Logistic Directorate also adopted a family through the Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis, Ill. Members of the directorate provided bikes, games and toys for the family.

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