Paul Wood and Joan Wilcoxen of the Altus Armed Services YMCA read hundreds of thank you notes from military families at Altus Air Force Base whose lives were enhanced over the holidays by ASYMCA programs. Thanks to the generosity of the Altus Community, and the national headquarters and its sponsors, amazing things were accomplished with enthusiastic leadership and dedicated volunteers. This year at Altus ASYMCA, the branch sent airmen home for Christmas, and provided traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to young troops who did not go home.
Woman’s Day Magazine and its readers from across the nation donated so the Altus branch was able to provide a delicious traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner to over 300 airmen and family members, and over 370 Roast Beef Christmas dinners to airmen who could not go home for Christmas. And the Jack Daniels Distillery of Tennessee supplied grants to send 68 airmen and family members home for Christmas. Executive Director Joan Wilcoxen explained, “Our branch was blessed by grants that allowed us to do so much. The airmen were so excited, and the thank you notes came pouring in! We feel so privileged to be the vessel through which this was accomplished!”