Operation “Camouflage Christmas” takes place Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. when members of the Idaho Air Guard, Idaho Army Guard plus Navy and Marine Reserve units from Gowen Field convoy to the Idaho State Veterans Home – Boise, 320 Collins Road, to deliver Christmas gifts to veteran residents.
Volunteers will place nearly 500 gifts around the Christmas tree in the home’s dining room. Men and women from all branches of service will pay visits to veterans before returning to their duties at the base or with their civilian employers. Many of the service members will return to help the veterans open their gifts at the Christmas party on Dec. 20, starting at 2 p.m.
Beginning in July, under the management of their enlisted leaders, members of all services begin working to make this annual gift-giving event possible–often at great personal sacrifice. “Military families are far from wealthy; yet they make sure our veterans have Christmas gifts each year,” said Phil Hawkins, Volunteer Coordinator at the Boise Veterans Home. “The service men and women from Gowen Field face ongoing challenges like deployment; but they remain committed to this program. We are overwhelmed by their generosity and dedication.”
Anyone who would like to obtain more information about this program is invited to contact Phil Hawkins at 246-8750 or 246-8727