YFS, Ellsworth AFB airmen team up to deliver gifts

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Santa payed a visit to the kids at Youth and Family Services on Thursday with a little help from some elves from Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus have ridden their sleigh packed full of presents for the past 15 years.

Ellsworth Yfs Gifts (8)The 28th Operations Group from Ellsworth helped Santa deliver cheer to the children. This year, the airmen delivered close to 150 presents.

The airmen say it warms the heart to see the kids excited to receive their gifts knowing it may be one of the few they receive this Christmas.

“I’ve been able to be a part of this for the past five out of those 15 and every year it just gets better and better. It always makes me happy,” said SSgt. Matthew Escobedo of the 28th Operations Support Squadron.

All the presents were made possible through a toy drive that was started members of the 28th Support Squadron.

The giving spirit quickly spread to all the squadrons of the 28th, making it what it is today.

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