Fort Bragg wants you to have a little heart this holiday.
The annual Holiday Hearts program, which is organized in partnership with Fort Bragg’s Army Community Service, Installation Volunteer Services and with Armed Services YMCA, runs today through Nov. 20.
The program helps provide gifts for children of Families undergoing financial hardship during the holidays.
Each child is listed as a boy or girl on a “heart” that also contains the child’s age, size and the gift that he or she wants placed under a Christmas tree.
According to the YMCA website, individuals may select a heart from the tree and deliver the gifts to the ASYMCA for distribution. Trees are located in various places on Fort Bragg, including the IVS area of the Soldier Support Center, and in the main SSC lobby.
Those who wish to participate in Holiday Hearts must file an application in which the unit first sergeant or command verifies the financial need. The application must only include children living in the home with the Soldier. Priority will be given to Soldiers E-4 and below.
In 2014, the Holiday Hearts program assisted 132 Families, providing gifts for 330 children, said Cathy Mansfield, ACS volunteer coordinator. Applications for assistance will be accepted through Nov. 20, at the ACS/IVS office, the ASYMCA or online at http://bragg.armymwr.com/us/bragg/.
Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the ASYMCA building no later than Dec. 7.
Soldiers will be notified when gifts are ready for pickup and must retrieve them from the ASYMCA building within two working days of notification.