Applications for the Holiday Assistance Programs are available through your Chain of Command or Army Community Services.
Applications for the Holiday Assistance Programs are available through your Chain of Command or Army Community Services. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

WIESBADEN, Germany – The U. S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Army Community Service is busy getting the Holiday Assistance Program underway this year, so every family can be taken care of.

Angel Trees will be at the Exchange and the chapels on Clay and Hainerberg Kasernes before Thanksgiving. Each tag on the Angel Trees contains a wish from a child whose family may be suffering a financial burden. To participate: take a tag, purchase the gift listed, attach the tag and place the new, unwrapped item in any Angel Tree box or drop off at ACS.

“Patrons who purchase the gifts do their best to fulfill those wishes and donate just the right gift,” said Federica LeMauk, ACS specialist and program lead for the Holiday Assistance Program.

The program also assists families from the Wiesbaden military community during Thanksgiving and Christmas with food baskets. Volunteers prepare bags of groceries at the Commissary that customers can then buy while doing their shopping. The contents are used to stock the food bank at ACS. The bags have a variety of items, including ingredients to make a meal.

Just pick a bag, purchase it at the register when buying groceries and the items inside will go to families in need.

Applications are available through your Chain of Command or ACS. Please submit your completed application to ACS no later than Nov. 15. The unit Commander or 1st Sergeant approves the application and forwards it to ACS. ACS functions as the link between the donations by community members and the families who will benefit during the holidays.

The food baskets will be ready for pick up at ACS the week before Thanksgiving

(Nov. 18 to 24), and the week before Christmas (Dec. 15 to 21).

“We are grateful to the Wiesbaden community for supporting the program and purchasing the brown bags at the Commissary as well as the gift for the children.” LeMauk said.