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NBK Sailors lend a hand to Christmas Angels program

Photo by MC1(SW) Hodges Pone III
Religious Program Specialist 2nd Class Everette Dierflinger of Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor Chapel puts a child’s request for toys on the Christmas tree for Kitsap Community Resource’s Christmas Angel Program. Service members of NBK are taking the requests and will donate new toys for underprivileged children.

Naval Base Kitsap’s (NBK) Chapels are participating in a donations drive for Kitsap Community Resources’ (KCR) “Christmas Angels” program until Dec. 14.

The program was established more than 20 years ago to provide toys for underprivileged children, or “Angels,” throughout Kitsap County. NBK is helping the program by placing 100 Angel requests on Christmas trees located at NBK Chapel, Bangor as well as Jackson Park Community Center.

“We sent approximately 25 Angel request to Jackson Park and kept 75 for the Bangor Chapel,” said Religious Program Specialist 1st Class (SW) Umeki Curry, NBK Chapel’s assistant leading petty officer. “Since the last time I’ve checked the Jackson Park tree, there were only five angels left. By looking at the tree at the Bangor Chapel, the majority of them are already gone.”

KCR is a non-profit organization that helps people with low-income throughout the county. Christmas Angel program coordinator, Kandi Balandran, said the program has received assistance from various commands throughout NBK.

“This program is a big deal and there is a lot of work involved when helping to grant Christmas wishes for some of the children,” said Balandran. “In the past, we have received support from commands throughout the area. We would appreciate more assistance and look forward to what the Sailors of NBK have in store for the children this year.”

Each angel request has three toys that the children wish to receive as well as the children’s clothing size for donors who want to give clothes.

Participants wrap their gifts, place them in a container, then securely attach the tag with the child’s name on the container before delivering the items to the chapels.

“The Angel Tree is something we do every Christmas as part of our way to make sure some of the children in the community are granted their Christmas wishes,” said Religious Program Specialist 2nd Class Everette Dierflinger, a member of NBK Chapel’s Staff. “People can pick an Angel request from the trees and submit the child’s presents to us. We will then give them to KCR, who will disseminate the presents to the children Dec. 17.”

“We hope more people get involved with this program besides the families that participate in chapel activities,” said Curry. “We want all of the military community to be involved with this program, so we can make sure the angels can have a Merry Christmas.”

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