Sunday, December 15, 2013

Red Cross Assists With Santa's Workshop For National Guard Families

Jim Griffith hands a Red Cross donated hand quilted
comforter to National Guard Family Assistance
Specialist Airen Hall and Santa.
Story and photos by Charlie Mussi and Carolyn Sharp

Happy Colorado National Guard families and Red Cross Volunteers gathered on Saturday, Dec. 14th, for a Santa’s Workshop at the Chestnut Street Armory as Colorado Spring’s Citizen Soldiers prepare for the holiday season. The Red Cross and the National Guard Family Assistance group were handing out linens, toys and blankets and being Santa’s helpers for parents who had their arms filled.  Jim Griffith, Manager for the Service to Armed Forces program for the Red Cross Colorado & Wyoming Region said, “It’s a great way to support our National Guard families.”

Red Cross Volunteers and National Guard Family
Assistance Specialist pose with Santa
Santa’s Helper Karena Couillard, who is also a Red Cross volunteer and was handing out large wrapped hand quilted comforters, seemed to be in heaven as her Santa’s sack got lighter and lighter.  “I love seeing people’s faces lighting up. I love volunteering,” said Couillard. “I can’t afford to financially give, but I love giving my time.”

Christina Leydet is Colorado National Guard family member who brought her four children to see Santa. “I am grateful for all the help being provided by the Red Cross,” Leydet said.  “And the kids loved seeing Santa.”

The Santa’s workshop was organized by the National Guard Family Assistance group, in partnership with the Red Cross Service to Armed Forces program.

Karena Couillard hands out wrapped Red Cross donated hand
quilted comforters to National Guard families at a Santa’s
Workshop at the Chesnut Street Armory.

Karena Couillard helps a National Guard family member
with her Christmas wishes

“Lacie” A Red Cross Therapy Dog gets some attention for
Brian Jenkins who stopped by the Santa’s Workshop

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