To sign up for this event a parent must be a currently serving member of the military, this includes the Guard and Reserve. Military service will be verified by local installations for each branch of service.
Please understand that this is a very popular event and in order to accommodate all interested families, only the service members children are permitted to attend. Verification of dependents will be done at the time of service verification.
Not opening the gifts received at the event is not allowed and this will be strictly enforced this year. This event serves a two fold purpose - to thank our military families for their service with an afternoon of fun and to teach a new generation of younger children the importance of giving to others and respecting military service. Children and their families who volunteer to participate in this event have earned the money to purchase gifts for your children, have hand selected them and wrapped them. Allowing them to see their gifts being opened and the joy they are able to give to another person is a big part of this event and something they look forward to all year. It is more than dropping a toy in a box, volunteer children see the true impact of their efforts and that is a truly unique experience for most children that is incredibly impactful. When you take gifts from the event and do not allow your children to open them at the event, you are taking away that experience for our volunteers.
Attendees will not be permitted to remove gifts from the event that are unopened. If you do not want your child to open gifts at the event, we ask that you please not attend this particular event. Your child must be present at the event to receive any gifts.
YOUR CHILD MUST BE PRESENT AT THE EVENT TO RECEIVE GIFTS. Gifts will not be given for children not in attendance. There will be no exceptions, please do not ask. If your child is unable to attend, please do not sign them up for this event.
If you are struggling with being able to provide Christmas gifts for your children, we have various connections with other organizations that will be able to assist military and veteran families with a demonstrated need. Please contact your Family Readiness Office and they will be happy to assist in making those connections with us. The purpose of this event is not to provide gifts for Christmas morning.