Christmas Arrives Early
Story and photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA, PA

Staff Sgt. Arthur Joseph Valenzuela-Bradley II (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Bill O’Hara (right); both of the 1-150th Army Aviation Battalion, sit amidst the 159 presents they delivered to the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey in Trenton on Dec. 18. In November, Staff Sgt. Valenzuela-Bradley received a wish list from the Society requesting toys, clothing, art supplies, books, and even a Playstation 2. With the assistance of e-mail, he posted the list and waited for the commitments to roll in. The response, judging by the pile of donated presents, was overwhelming. Each child got what they requested, including the Playstation 2. As a result, 159 children were able to look under their Christmas trees and see that Santa Claus, with the assistance of the New Jersey National Guard, had made their Christmas a little brighter.