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Alamo Wing Top 3, Wish for Our Heroes provide holiday meals

Master Sgt. Rosalind Riderpage, 433rd Airlift Wing administrative assistant (gray shirt), and Brad Tobler, Wish for Our Heroes South Texas chapter director, assemble holiday meal packages during a Wishes for Our Heroes event Dec. 18, 2020 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Wish for Our Heroes leads this annual event along with many other programs to help enlisted military members nationwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kristian Carter)

Master Sgt. Rosalind Riderpage, 433rd Airlift Wing administrative assistant (gray shirt), and Brad Tobler, Wish for Our Heroes South Texas chapter director, assemble holiday meal packages during a Wishes for Our Heroes event Dec. 18, 2020 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Wish for Our Heroes leads this annual event along with many other programs to help enlisted military members nationwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kristian Carter)

433rd Airlift Wing members assemble holiday meal packages during a Wish for Our Heroes Feed a Family program event Dec. 18, 2020 at the 433rd AW at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Wish for Our Heroes leads this annual event along with many other programs to help enlisted military members nationwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kristian Carter)

433rd Airlift Wing members assemble holiday meal packages during a Wish for Our Heroes Feed a Family program event Dec. 18, 2020 at the 433rd AW at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Wish for Our Heroes leads this annual event along with many other programs to help enlisted military members nationwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kristian Carter)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas --

The Alamo Wing Top 3 and Wish for Our Heroes joined to provide 150 holiday meals to enlisted military members here and at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Dec. 18.

The Feed a Family program, collects food donated by local businesses, and then assembles and distributes the meals.

Senior Master Sgt. David Delgado, Top 3 president and 433rd Operations Group chief of loadmaster standardization and evaluation, said the Alamo Wing Top 3 is helping this event by providing manpower to assemble and distribute the meal packages.

In addition to the meals, families were able to pick up stocking stuffers while volunteers prepared the meal bags.

The first two years of Feed a Family were limited to wounded warriors and their families. Since then, the organization has opened eligibility to all actively-serving enlisted military members.

“The mission of Wish for Our Heroes is about helping our heroes against hardship,” said Brad Tobler, Wish for Our Heroes South Texas chapter director.

Wish for Our Heroes also runs the Wish Patrol, a program to collect and deliver gifts to military families that need assistance during the holidays. They have modified the deliveries this year to accommodate COVID-19 distancing protocols. This year, they are working on packages for 17 families in the San Antonio area.

“After spending twenty years in the Air Force, I saw how families can suffer, need help, and struggle,” said Charlie O’Connors, Wish for Our Heroes military liaison. “I want to do whatever I can to help resolve that.”