Volunteers in angel program recognized
Story and photos By Felicia Watkins Staff writer
The 14th Annual Adopt-An-Angel Program finished successfully this past Christmas season and members of the Army Community Service (ACS) staff recognized both volunteers and organizations Jan. 7 at The Courses Clubhouse for their participation.
Chaplain (Capt.) Sid Taylor gave the invocation and those attending enjoyed a continental breakfast. Welcoming remarks were given by Phyllis Wheeler, installation volunteer coordinator. She opened by giving thanks to the volunteers for their work which helped over 400 children enjoy a happy Christmas.
Wheeler shared insight on the reasons why she chose certain inspirational quotes to illustrate their deeds. "To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." Source: Anonymous. "I really believe that you (volunteers) were the world to at least one child this year and for some of you many more children," said Wheeler.
"That child will grow up and possibly make a difference in the lives of so many people. You are molding the future by what you have done this holiday season." Wheeler added.
Lt. Col. Lisa Anderson-Lloyd, acting installation commander, gave the main address to attendees. Lloyd told the crowd that each piece that volunteers contributed led to the whole in creating such a successful program for the children.
Lloyd praised the individual volunteers, organizations and agencies that contributed over 1,300 hours to the Adopt-An-Angel Program. Wheeler followed with the presentation of the commander's certificate of highest recognition to the organizations and agencies that participated.
Thirty groups were given awards for their service. The Army Air Force Exchange Service was sited for the donation of a tree, space and marketing. Air Force Transition Flight was noted for providing volunteers for six shifts at the angel tree.
Annapolis Junction Federal bureau of Prisons Mid Atlantic Regional Office, Brownie Troop 742 and the Chesapeake Bay Chapter Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association all supplied volunteers to man the tree.
The Children's World Learning Center adopted 31 angels. Company B Marines donated 33 bags of toys and 15 bicycles. Education Services Division collaborated with a local college and adopted several angels.
The Enlisted Spouses Club volunteered over 400 hours between its members. The Fort Meade Credit Union donated many toys. Girl Scout Junior Troop 449, Hispanic Forum, Joint Services Black Heritage Committee and the Junior Sailors' Association all provided volunteers to cover entire shifts at the angel tree.
The Main Post Chapel Protestant congregation donated clothes and toys. The Marketing Division of Directorate of Community Activities (DCA) donated toys, signs and marketing materials. McLean, Koehler, Sparks and Hammond donated volunteer hours.
MICROS Systems set a precedent by not only adopting 12 angels, but for the first time bought presents for the parents as well. Scitor also followed suit and adopted 20 angels and gifts for the family.
The Officers' Wives Club donated hours. The Pershing Hill Elementary School Student Council posted a mitten tree in the school so that every child that participated in the program received a pair of mittens.
The Protestant Women of the Chapel covered several shifts with volunteers. Responding on short notice, the Services Division of DCA rose to help by providing 32 industrial size bags of toys for the children. Signal Intelligence Requirements SO1R and Soundoff! newspaper were cited as well.
The Army Audit Agency adopted 32 angels and the Army Claims Service adopted 22 angels. The Army Personnel Central Clearance Facility manned the tree and the Youth Services Middle School Program Torch Club donated 24 boxes filled with toys.
Wheeler next presented 91 persons with commander's certificates of highest recognition for volunteering. These individuals were recognized for donating their time by shopping, sorting, providing administrative tasks and manning the tree.
Their names are as follows: Angela Amos, Juliet Anderson, Edward Appel, Susan Appel, Magdalena Ballinger, Robert Ballinger, Margo Belkofer, Karen Blair, Terri Blugis, Tara Brandner, Kristan Brown, Rick Cantalupo, Master Sgt. Rafael Carbungco, Cara Coker, James Coker III, Jamie Cole, Sherri Collins, Janice Cornell, Kathleen Cornell, Linda Couch, Bernie, Cullen, Christine Cyr, Al DeBettencourt, Abe A. Demircioglu, Chris Diak, Ronald M. Diak, Tanya Diak, Margaret Diehl, Gwen Dodson, Kevelyn Feliciano,Inge Ford, Shirley Francis, LaChelle Garringer, Shane Garringer, Donna Gooche, Marion S. Goode, Pat Gutermuth, Carolyn L. harcum, Chris Hargett, Radiance Harris, Rose Henry, Jennifer Hensley, Samantha Hodson, Nikki Huchko, Heather Ingraffia, Leatha Jones, Gaby Juergens, Nicole Kallemeyer, Elaine Oestricher, Barbara Kelley, Joseph R. Kennedy, Stephanie Lanzillotta, Carol Lattimore, Kristin Lear, Katie Levering, Courtney Locke, Cathy Lust, Saundra Matlock-Williams, Sakima J. McCurdy, Stephen McDermid, Amy McFarlane, Aric McFarlane, Alexis Mercado, Brooke Miller, Liz Montanez, Mack Osborne, Mary Owen, Denise Paulk, Latoya Pender, Sandra Purvis, Heidi Rassatt, Trisha Rassatt, Susan Renninger, Christine Robison, Karalee Romaneski, Martila Seals, Mika Michele Simpson, Debra Smith, Charlynn Sunderland, Katelynn Sunderland, Travis Sunderland, Frances L. Thompson, Sharon Thompson, Katherine Thompson, Chateau Venable, Sharon Vogel, Renee Wahl, Lillia Webster, Benjamin Wheeler, Angela Wooten and Julie Yates.
Wheeler also named Charlynn Sunderland as the ACS Volunteer of the 1st Quarter. Wheeler cited the many reasons why Sunderland received the award. "Sunderland volunteered 285 hours for Adopt-An-Angel on top of working at her full time job. Often up until two o'clock in the morning making angel tags, and helping with the planning. She called people, purchased gifts, sorted and handed out gifts, and I definitely could not have done it without Charlynn," Wheeler exclaimed.
And to add the finishing touch to the ceremony, ACS director Jamie Cole received a phone call from Santa who expressed his gratitude to all of the volunteers for their help with making over 400 children happy during Christmas.
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