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DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, Utah - Soldiers and civilians at Dugway had help making the holiday’s happy thanks to gift bags given out by Blue Star Families. The bags were free to anyone who wanted one and filled with various items intended to spread holiday cheer.

For Sgt. Gabriel Guerrero, the gift bags went farther than a friendly gesture of good will. The Guerrero family recently had a permanent change of station (PCS) from their duty station in Belgium to Dugway Proving Ground but receiving their PCS orders was anything but orderly. They were originally supposed to extend their stay in Belgium, things changed at the last minute and they ended up in Utah. Changes to orders are nothing new to soldiers but adjusting to the changes can be more difficult if all your possessions being shipped from overseas show up late, like they did for the Guerrero’s. “We were basically here for three months without anything. We finally got our house hold goods right before Thanksgiving but there was a ton of broken stuff,” said Sgt. Guerrero.

With no one to turn to, the Guerrero’s reached out to the Dugway Proving Ground Family, Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) team for help. They utilized the Lending Closet in the MWR building to get access to basic house hold items they needed, free of charge. “The Lending Closet was awesome. They let us borrow some furniture and they were very eager to help,” said Sgt. Guerrero. The gift bags added to the experience, giving them more to celebrate during Christmas. “It’s a little more that we can give to our kids and they get to have Christmas. We weren’t expecting to do anything this year. Now having stocking stuffers and other gifts will be great for them,” said Sgt. Guerrero.

To take advantage of other programs or services offered by MWR, please drop by the Dugway MWR building and talk with staff.