AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW / WAGT) – It’s a little warmer than we’re used to this time of year, but that doesn’t take away all the fun of the vacation. But Christmas time is not always easy for everyone. Here’s how you can help a family that serves us this holiday season.
âWe choose our family in the military – it’s our family,â said Lori Pflieger, vice president of Christmas House.
A 55-year tradition – the Christmas House is Santa’s workshop in Fort Gordon.
âWe have a statement that was put on one of the apps that says without you my kids wouldn’t have Christmas so that’s huge,â Pflieger said.
Service members E-5 and below are helped by elf volunteers who choose toys to spread Christmas cheer. All for free, they receive a number of toys under their tree.
âBeing able to settle down and have a place where they feel at home and where they feel appreciated and loved is an absolutely great opportunity both for them and for the people who operate this amazing place,â said Truck Carlson, assistant to the Santa Claus.
In 2020, they served over 450 children and over 250 families. The gifts are intended for children from 11 years to small babies. The toys are donated by the Association of the United States Army, churches, and businesses – but for this Santa, the magic might be real.
“This beard is not easy to pull off, but when they pull on it and I go ‘OH’ and they really believe that I can’t, my heart grows three sizes, I have a Grinch moment,” Carlson said.
Santa says it’s a humbling experience but – âThe Christmas House is wonderful but it doesn’t necessarily correspond to my workshop. Ho ho ho Merry Christmas ho ho ho, âhe said.
And if you want to share the joy, you can visit Fort Gordon Christmas House on Facebook or their website to sign up as a volunteer elf or find out how to donate.
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