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Reservists share holiday cheer with veterans

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- For the 23rd year in a row, Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 507th Air Refueling Wing here visited with the residents of the Norman Veterans Center to deliver gifts, share food, and exchange stories during their annual Christmas party Dec. 20, 2018, in Norman, Oklahoma. (U.S. Air Force video by Maj. Jon Quinlan)

507th Air Refueling Wing Airmen visit veterans to deliver gifts and serve snacks for the holidays Dec. 20, 2018, at the Norman Veterans Center in Norman, Oklahoma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

507th Air Refueling Wing Airmen visit veterans to deliver gifts and serve snacks for the holidays Dec. 20, 2018, at the Norman Veterans Center in Norman, Oklahoma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

Tech. Sgt. Kathelene Jones, 507th Security Forces Squadron, serves a snack to a veteran Dec. 20, 2018, at the Norman Veterans Center in Norman, Oklahoma. 507th Air Refueling Wing Airmen visited the veterans to deliver gifts and serve snacks for the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

Tech. Sgt. Kathelene Jones, 507th Security Forces Squadron, serves a snack to a veteran Dec. 20, 2018, at the Norman Veterans Center in Norman, Oklahoma. 507th Air Refueling Wing Airmen visited the veterans to deliver gifts and serve snacks for the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

Maj. Donna Williams, 465th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135R pilot, visits with a group of veterans at the Norman Veterans Center Dec. 20, 2018, in Norman, Oklahoma. 507th Air Refueling Wing Airmen visited the veterans to deliver gifts and serve snacks for the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

Maj. Donna Williams, 465th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135R pilot, visits with a group of veterans at the Norman Veterans Center Dec. 20, 2018, in Norman, Oklahoma. 507th Air Refueling Wing Airmen visited the veterans to deliver gifts and serve snacks for the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

507th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Col. Miles Heaslip, helps a veteran open his gift Dec. 20, 2018, at the Norman Veterans Center in Norman, Oklahoma. 507th ARW Airmen visited the veterans to deliver gifts and serve snacks for the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

507th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Col. Miles Heaslip, helps a veteran open his gift Dec. 20, 2018, at the Norman Veterans Center in Norman, Oklahoma. 507th ARW Airmen visited the veterans to deliver gifts and serve snacks for the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

507th Mission Support Group Commander, Col. Richard Ropac, visits with a veteran Dec. 20, 2018, at the Norman Veterans Center in Norman, Oklahoma. 507th Air Refueling Wing Airmen delivered gifts and served snacks to the veterans for the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

507th Mission Support Group Commander, Col. Richard Ropac, visits with a veteran Dec. 20, 2018, at the Norman Veterans Center in Norman, Oklahoma. 507th Air Refueling Wing Airmen delivered gifts and served snacks to the veterans for the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- For the 23rd year in a row, 507th Air Refueling Wing Airmen here visited with the residents of the Norman Veterans Center to deliver gifts and spread holiday cheer during their annual Christmas party Dec. 20, 2018, in Norman, Oklahoma. 

The Air Force Reserve-run program, dubbed “Angel Tree,” strives to fulfill Christmas gift wishes for the disabled veterans residing at the center. This year, 18 Reserve Citizen Airmen became make-shift ‘Santas’ to the veterans, by fulfilling their Christmas wishes.

Capt. Aaron Wolfe, 507th Maintenance Group director of operations, attended the event and said it was an opportunity to share joy with the people who laid the foundation for current military members.

“This is an opportunity for us to spend time with people who created our heritage as military members,’ Wolfe said. “They came before us, they wrote the storyline and rules and things that we still adhere to today.”

Overall, members of the 507th Air Refueling Wing donated more than $200 in cash, clothes and shoes for the residents of the Norman Veterans Center.