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Goodfellow members volunteer for Operation Blue Santa

Police officers and Goodfellow members pose together before taking participants shopping at the 13th Annual Operation Blue Santa event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 12, 2020. This was the second year that Goodfellow members volunteered with local police officers for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

Police officers and Goodfellow members pose together before taking participants shopping at the 13th Annual Operation Blue Santa event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 12, 2020. This was the second year that Goodfellow members volunteered with local police officers for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

A San Angelo Police Officer tests out a bike that a participant in the 13th Annual Operation Blue Santa picked out as one of their gifts during the event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 12, 2020. Any child that picked out a bike also had to select a helmet for when they ride. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

A San Angelo Police Officer tests out a bike that a participant in the 13th Annual Operation Blue Santa picked out as one of their gifts during the event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 12, 2020. Any child that picked out a bike also had to select a helmet for when they ride. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

San Angelo Police Department volunteers pose with the first wave of children selected to participate in the 13th Annual Operation Blue Santa event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 12, 2020. After taking pictures with the police officers the children shopped for gifts for themselves and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

San Angelo Police Department volunteers pose with the first wave of children selected to participate in the 13th Annual Operation Blue Santa event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 12, 2020. After taking pictures with the police officers the children shopped for gifts for themselves and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

A San Angelo Police Officer poses with volunteers from the 17th Security Forces Squadron at the 13th Annual Operation Blue Santa event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 12, 2020. This is the second year that Goodfellow members participated in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

A San Angelo Police Officer poses with volunteers from the 17th Security Forces Squadron at the 13th Annual Operation Blue Santa event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 12, 2020. This is the second year that Goodfellow members participated in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

A police officer participating in the 13th Annual Operation Blue Santa shows off his blue Santa hat complete with a San Angelo police badge in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 12, 2020. This year, many children safely participated in the event with COVID-19 restrictions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

A police officer participating in the 13th Annual Operation Blue Santa shows off his blue Santa hat complete with a San Angelo police badge in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 12, 2020. This year, many children safely participated in the event with COVID-19 restrictions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

Volunteers wrap gifts that participants of the 13th Annual Operation Blue Santa picked during the event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 12, 2020. Family members of the police officers helped participants pick out gifts, wrap presents or provide refreshments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

Volunteers wrap gifts that participants of the 13th Annual Operation Blue Santa picked during the event in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 12, 2020. Family members of the police officers helped participants pick out gifts, wrap presents or provide refreshments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

A volunteer at the 13th Annual Operation Blue Santa event writes names on tags for Christmas presents that the children involved in the event picked out with police officers in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 12, 2020. Gifts that the children picked out were wrapped by volunteers before being taken home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

A volunteer at the 13th Annual Operation Blue Santa event writes names on tags for Christmas presents that the children involved in the event picked out with police officers in San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 12, 2020. Gifts that the children picked out were wrapped by volunteers before being taken home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

SAN ANGELO, Texas --

Goodfellow Security Forces members volunteered with the San Angelo Coalition of Police for the 13th Annual Operation Blue Santa Shop with a Cop at a local store in San Angelo, Dec. 12.

This is a national program with local police working with local school districts to help children in need during the holiday season to enhance the children’s holidays. For the SACOP, this means they accompany the children shopping, buying presents for themselves and family members.

“I was fortunate to grow up very blessed,” said Airman 1st Class Joshua Minor, 17th Security Forces Squadron defender. “It is great to help out those in the community who may not have been as blessed as I was. To see their faces light up, it makes you remember the true meaning of the season.”

 After the children were finished shopping, they could have their gifts wrapped by volunteers before taking them home.

“This year we had about 40 kids and families who participated in the event,” said San Angelo Police Officer Raymond Francis. “It is awesome to have the extra help from the members from Goodfellow.”

This is the second year that Goodfellow members helped with the event and due to donations SACOP was able to help some base families that had loved ones who are not going to be home for the holidays.

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