ANSBACH, Germany (Dec. 10, 2013) -- "To support Veterans, their Families and the Ansbach Community" has been more than just a mission statement for legionnaires of American Legion Post 1982 throughout the year and during the holiday season. Kenneth Aungst and other members made sure of that.

When it came time to decide for the gift exchange among members during their Dec. 6 Christmas party, Aungst suggested that, like last year, everyone should bring a gift for a child or teenager instead.

Presents for more than 30 children and teenagers of a local Kinderheim were collected and given out by "Santa Claus" during an event Dec. 7, according to Master Sgt. Christopher Buchanan, commander of Post 1982.

"Watching these kids with their sponsors, their eyes lighting up when Santa gave them their presents, is a very rewarding experience," said Buchanan.