Taking Care of Our Own: Operation Angel Tree

A young community member selects a paper angel from the 2018 Angel Tree, located inside the mall just outside the entrance of the Panzer Exchange. Photo by John Reese, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Army Community Service
USAG Stuttgart

The 2019 holiday season approaches. As much as it can bring joy, this time of year can also bring stress to families, especially if they are experiencing financial hardship. Operation Angel Tree gives the USAG Stuttgart military community an opportunity to highlight “I’m glad I live here” by lending a helping hand to those families needing assistance in providing gifts for their children.

During November and into the first week of December, units, tenants and private organizations can nominate deserving garrison children of junior enlisted families E1-E5 and civilian grades GS-6 or NAF equivalent or below for Operation Angel Tree. Exceptions to eligibility are made on a case-by-case basis. Nomination forms can be obtained from unit or organizational representatives, Army Community Service, and the FMWR website. A supervisor or command team designee will need to sign-off on the nomination before submission.

At 1 p.m. on Nov. 21, the kick-off for the Angel Tree will be held in the Panzer Exchange mall.  The tree will be displayed through Dec. 13; during this time, sponsors may select angels display cards noting age, size, and wishes from the tree and purchase gifts for them. Wrapped gifts need to be turned in at ACS or at the Exchange customer service area by the close of business on Dec. 13. Unit POC’s are asked to pick up gifts for their receiving families at ACS, Dec. 18–19. Gifts should be distributed to the families in time for their holiday celebration.

This is a great chance to take care of our own. In 2018, the USAG Stuttgart military community provided gifts for 109 children.

For more information, call 596-3362 or 09641-70-596-3362.