Volunteers from the Anniston Army Depot took some time away from tanks and rifles today to deliver toys and gifts to local children. More than $31,500 worth of gifts were distributed by depot workers to 180 children who are under protective custody through the Department of Human Resources. AAD Commander Colonel Joel Warhurst says the annual program is a highlight of the Christmas season.
The depot’s annual Christmas Cheer program began in 1983 to supply food and clothes for some AAD workers. The depot program teamed up with DHR in 1997 and began gathering gifts for children who might otherwise get few presents. Warhurst says the program is a success because of the depot’s employees. One of those employees is Yvone Hall, who works in Building 106. She says she and her fellow AAD workers take a very personal interest in this program every year.
Christmas Cheer continues to give special attention to the families of depot workers who have experienced hardships during the past year, accepting donations from their fellow workers and distributing the assistance anonymously.