Since its establishment in 1917, Fort Lee has been supported by the Tri-Cities in various ways. But this holiday season, several officers on temporary assignment here turned the tables on the community.

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, which helps needy families during the holidays by providing gifts, was given a boost by second lieutenants and Department of the Army Civilians from the Basic Officer Leadership Course 09-91 and 09-91A who donated their time and gifts throughout December.

Each of the 90 officers from the combined classes adopted a child in need or “Angel” in November and bought a gift for that Angel. Some of the donated gifts included bicycles, clothing, Barbie dolls, G.I. Joes and board games.

In addition to purchasing gifts for the Angels, officers from class 09-911, 09-91A and 09-A01 also organized the storage area where the donated gifts are stored until parents picked them up during the third week of December.

In completing the service project, the officers not only fulfilled their civic duty to give back to their community but also had a chance to bond with their peers.