Fort Knox leaders visit Santa's Workshop, learn about Christmas opportunities for Soldiers
By G. Anthonie Riis | Fort Knox News
November 4, 2019 1 / 4 Candy Lane volunteer Sandy Bousum (playing Mrs. Claus) gives U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox Commander Maj. Gen. John Evans Jr. a tour of Candy Lane, explaining that children may select gifts for their parents and have them giftwrapped by volunteers. VIEW ORIGINAL 2 / 4 Candy Cane Lane volunteer and Christmas elf Georgie Sharp explains to U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox Commander Maj. Gen. John Evans Jr. that Santa (played by Jennifer Sims) will be available to lend an ear to children's Christmas wishes. VIEW ORIGINAL 3 / 4 Amy Grimm, the program lead with Helping Hands, explains to Col. CJ King, U.S. Army Garrison commander, how the program works to collect, store and then provide donated goods to in-need Army Families. VIEW ORIGINAL 4 / 4 Maj. Gen. John Evans Jr., U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox commanding general, speaks with volunteer Karly Gadell, a Red Cross coordinator for Santa's Workshop Nov. 4, 2019. Evans learned about opportunities for in-need Army Families during the Christmas season.Santa's Workshop, along with Candy Lane and Helping Hands, held their open houses Nov. 4, affording senior leaders an opportunity to learn about some of the Christmas gift wishes and physical needs the organizations provide to selected Army Families. VIEW ORIGINAL
Major Gen. John Evans Jr., U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox commanding general, and Col. CJ King, U.S. Army Garrison commander, joined other Fort Knox leaders Nov. 4 at the Red Cross's Santa's Workshop, Candy Lane and Helping Hands programs' open house to learn more about the programs and Soldier eligibility.
Santa's Workshop provides new toys to eligible DEERS-enrolled children of financially challenged military Families. Candy Lane affords selected children the opportunity to choose gifts for their parents, which are then wrapped for them by volunteers. Helping Hands provides Army Families with necessary food and clothes.
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