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.