“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give,” said Winston Churchill.
The Holiday Hearts Program connects deserving Army Families with members of the community who want to provide gifts for these Families during the holidays.
The program began in 2003 and is run by Army Community Service, Installation Volunteer Services and the Armed Services YMCA of Fort Bragg.
Soldiers can apply for this program if they have a verifiable financial situation or other hardship and are in pay grades private through corporal or specialist. These Soldiers must have their applications signed by their first sergeant or commander with a detailed explanation of the reason for recommendation to the program. This signature serves as confirmation of the Soldier’s financial situation.
The application requires Soldiers to list only the children living in their household as gift recipients.
If the application is approved, each child will receive, at minimum, a clothing item and age-appropriate toy. Infants will receive diapers, wipes, one clothing item and an age-appropriate toy. Applications due to ACS/IVS office by Nov. 18.
On Monday, the Holiday Heart tree will be placed in the IVS area on the third floor of the Soldier Support Center. Individuals interested in providing gifts can pull hearts from the tree and bring the unwrapped gifts to the ASYMCA building by Dec. 7.
Cathy Mansfield, Volunteer Services coordinator, ACS, said her favorite part of the program is seeing the faces of parents when they pick up their gifts.
“Just their appreciation and gratefulness … they let us know how fortunate they feel to participate in the program,” she said.
For more information about the Holiday Hearts program or to download an application, visit www.bragg.armymwr.com/us/bragg/ft-bragg-events/holiday-hearts-program?eID=561608.