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Operation Warmheart Provides Help to Military Families

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NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - Nearly 300 military families in southern Nevada will have a happier holiday thanks to Operation Warmheart's Adopt a Family toy drive.

Volunteers will be working tirelessly to spread Christmas cheer to the valley's military families.

Operation Warmheart is made up of military members who help their fellow airmen. So far, organizers have collected a hangar full of toys for 270 families or more than 500 children.

"My favorite part is just seeing the faces of the people, the relief, and to be able to assist them and provide that need for them," said MSgt. Kenisea Wiley.

Operation Warmheart will distribute all the presents next week.

Staff Sergeant Reuban Carreola-Sotero picked up his gifts Thursday. His family encountered some unexpected expenses this year. He was worried about being able to get his three children what they wanted for Christmas. A donating family covered everything on the list, plus a bicycle and a few extras.

"Personally, I'd like to thank that family, truly, truly from the bottom of my heart," he said. "I'd like to thank them. It means a lot for us and especially to be able to provide this to my kids."

The drive was supposed to wrap up last week, but leaders of Operation Warmheart say an outpouring of last minute support enabled them to extend the deadline for donations.

They will accept toys at the Nellis Air Force Base Visitors Center at the main gate through December 18.

Operation Warmheart helps military families year round. If you wish to donate, but can't do so by next week's deadline, Operation Warmheart will find a way to get donations to airmen later in the year.

If you have any questions, e-mail Operation Warmheart.

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