Civil Air Patrol

‘Tis the Season for Volunteering

Photo by: 2nd Lt John Winter - (L to R) Cadet Airman First Class Joshua Swoverland, Cadet Airman Julia Zirtzlaff and Cadet Staff Sergeant Ezra Henkel assisted a family picking out presents at the annual Toys-for-Tots event.

Plymouth, Wis. – Christmas has always been associated with the “season of giving.”  In Civil Air Patrol (CAP) it is also the season for volunteering.  Cadets in the Sheboygan Composite Squadron have been in the holiday spirit by volunteering their time for various organizations.

Three times in the past two weeks the cadets volunteered as bell ringers for the Salvation Army Annual Christmas Campaign at Wal-Mart in Plymouth, Wis.  The cadets were encouraged by the good will of people whom they met and spoke with as everyone appeared to be in the holiday spirit.

On Saturday, December 10th, members of the unit were again volunteering; this time at the annual Toys-for-Tots event sponsored by both the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul.

Assisting approximately 150 needy families from the Plymouth area, the cadets helped moms and dads look for presents for their children by escorting them to the age and gender appropriate gift tables.  The cadets could only imagine the smiles that will be on the children’s’ faces come Christmas morning.

Community service is one of the many ways CAP helps the communities where they are stationed.  The community is not the only one who benefits from the acts of kindness.  It is a positive experience for the cadets volunteering their time to help others, especially in the season of giving.

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