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Children’s holiday party brings cheer to Schriever

Col. Jennifer Grant, 50th Space Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Boston Alexander, 50th SW command chief, spend time with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Annual Children’s Holiday Festival Winter Extravaganza at the fitness center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Dec. 1, 2018. Events like these are designed to meet the 50th SW’s priority of taking care of Airmen and their families always. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Col. Jennifer Grant, 50th Space Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Boston Alexander, 50th SW command chief, spend time with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Annual Children’s Holiday Festival Winter Extravaganza at the fitness center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Dec. 1, 2018. Events like these are designed to meet the 50th SW’s priority of taking care of Airmen and their families always. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Jordan, 7, gets her face painted with a unicorn at the Annual Children’s Holiday Festival Winter Extravaganza at the fitness center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Dec. 1, 2018. Approximately 800 people participated in the event to strengthen on-base community ties during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Jordan, 7, gets her face painted with a unicorn at the Annual Children’s Holiday Festival Winter Extravaganza at the fitness center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Dec. 1, 2018. Approximately 800 people participated in the event to strengthen on-base community ties during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Chase, 4, plays skee-ball at the Annual Children’s Holiday Festival Winter Extravaganza at the fitness center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Dec. 1, 2018. The 50th Force Support Squadron organized the event with the help of 106 volunteers. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Chase, 4, plays skee-ball at the Annual Children’s Holiday Festival Winter Extravaganza at the fitness center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Dec. 1, 2018. The 50th Force Support Squadron organized the event with the help of 106 volunteers. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Santa Claus high-five’s a child during the Annual Children’s Holiday Festival Winter Extravaganza at the fitness center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Dec. 1, 2018. More than 500 children and their families attended the event designed to bring some holiday cheer to Schriever members. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Santa Claus high-five’s a child during the Annual Children’s Holiday Festival Winter Extravaganza at the fitness center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Dec. 1, 2018. More than 500 children and their families attended the event designed to bring some holiday cheer to Schriever members. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Approximately 500 children attended the Annual Children’s Holiday Festival Winter Extravaganza at the Fitness Center, Schriever Air Force Base, Dec. 1.

Members of the 50th Force Support Squadron organized the event with the help of more than 100 volunteers from across the base.

Children earned prizes playing games and met with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

The event was divided between the fitness center, the indoor running track and a tent for refreshments.

Master Sgt. Janelle Amador, 50th FSS unit career assistance advisor, volunteered her time for this year’s event.

“I think we are taking care of our Airmen and families with this event by providing a safe environment in order to celebrate the holidays,” she said. “There’s also food, there’s games, there’s free giveaways as well as prizes; so it’s pretty much everything all encompassed into one giant event that the (children) look forward to every single year.”

Parents brought their children to the event for many reasons.

“I just wanted my daughter to come out and have fun,” said Staff Sgt. Brandon Council, 50th Contracting Squadron Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineering Requirements team lead. “I really think events like these help bring us all together and have fun. We all have different jobs but this gives us a chance to hang out and realize that we are all on one team.”

Siblings Taryn, 12, and Kian, 9, both agreed they enjoyed the event and playing their favorite games.

Taryn enjoyed playing igloo-hockey.

“At school I used to play hockey and I thought it was really fun,” she said. Kian on the other hand, enjoyed shooting hoops.

The Schriever AFB community organizes several events like this every year.

“We do four (seasonal) events every year. They really give Airmen an opportunity to come and hang out with their family, play some fun games, eat some free food and just enjoy being together. I think an event like this is huge for morale,” said Col. Brian Kehl, 50th Mission Support Group commander.

For years, the fitness center has been the main venue for these events, its staff supporting each and every one of them.

“I think it’s important to have events outside of your normal work area, especially events that include family members,” said Seth Cannello, 50th FSS fitness center director. “Showing your family where you work and what you do just kind of increases morale.”

FSS’s next event is the Archery Tag Competition scheduled for Dec. 14 at the fitness center.