For three decades, a special group out of Fort Hood has been brightening the holidays for local military families that are in need.
The Fort Hood Santa's Workshop has been working tirelessly all year, every year to ensure that the families on Fort Hood that won't be able to purchase gifts to put under the tree, can still give their children exactly what they want.
Emily Damboise, the President of the Fort Hood Santa's Workshop, has been with the group for four years and explained that each year they gain more speed and can deliver more smiles through the program.
Established in the 1980s out of a single battalion for 20 families, Fort Hood Santa's Workshop is now a certified nonprofit that serves over 1,600 families and approximately 3,000 children.
Each family must first apply and qualify for the program. After qualification the family is scheduled for a day of shopping at the workshop where they are able to pick out $50 of toys for their children, free of charge.
Ran by volunteers only, they are always in need of an extra pair of hands, funds or unused toys to contribute to their cause.
Volunteers can be anyone, all ages, as well as military and nonmilitary. Simply reach out to the group via their website or Facebook and they will guide you in best helping their cause.
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