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Operation True Giving: Giving to the less fortunate

Shaw Leadership and volunteers for Operation True Giving, pose for a group photo at the Palmetto Chapel at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 4, 2015. For the last 31 years Operation True Giving, a non-profit organization, has assisted less fortunate families in the Shaw and Sumter community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

Shaw Leadership and volunteers for Operation True Giving, pose for a group photo at the Palmetto Chapel at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 4, 2015. For the last 31 years Operation True Giving, a non-profit organization, has assisted less fortunate families in the Shaw and Sumter community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Jost, 20th Fighter Wing commnader, talks with volunteers at the Palmetto Chapel at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 4, 2015. Jost made a visit to the Palmetto Chapel to show his support for Operation True Giving and what it provides for the Shaw and Sumter community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Jost, 20th Fighter Wing commnader, talks with volunteers at the Palmetto Chapel at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 4, 2015. Jost made a visit to the Palmetto Chapel to show his support for Operation True Giving and what it provides for the Shaw and Sumter community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Christopher McKinney, 20th Fighter Wing command chief, converses with volunteers at the Palmetto Chapel at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 4, 2015. McKinney made a visit to the Palmetto Chapel to show his support for Operation True Giving and what it provides for the Shaw and Sumter community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Christopher McKinney, 20th Fighter Wing command chief, converses with volunteers at the Palmetto Chapel at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 4, 2015. McKinney made a visit to the Palmetto Chapel to show his support for Operation True Giving and what it provides for the Shaw and Sumter community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

A sponsor  carries a gift parcel for his assigned family at the Palmetto Chapel in support of Operation True Giving at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 4, 2015. Sponsors care for families by provding a Christmas meal and  gifts the family might need for the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

A sponsor carries a gift parcel for his assigned family at the Palmetto Chapel in support of Operation True Giving at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 4, 2015. Sponsors care for families by provding a Christmas meal and gifts the family might need for the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

Volunteers organize non-perishable goods at the Palmetto Chapel in support of Operation True Giving at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 4, 2015. Operation True Giving will help 83 families have a bright Christmas by providing  food, clothing, and many great gifts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

Volunteers organize non-perishable goods at the Palmetto Chapel in support of Operation True Giving at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 4, 2015. Operation True Giving will help 83 families have a bright Christmas by providing food, clothing, and many great gifts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The holiday season is right around the corner, families sending and receiving gifts eagerly waiting for that special day, but what about the families who are less fortunate?

For the last 31 years Operation True Giving, a non-profit organization, has assisted less fortunate families. In 1984 the Shaw Catholic faith community sought to aid families at not only the Shaw, but the Sumter, South Carolina, community.

"We have sponsors and we have organizations downtown that provide families names of those who are in need," said Michelle Vance, chair of operation of Operation True Giving committee. "We go through our first sergeants to assist with our families on base."

The program entails approximately 115 volunteers who give more than 4,600 hours of volunteer service.

"This year Operation True Giving will help 83 families have a brighter Christmas by providing; food, clothing, and many great gifts," said Chaplain (Maj.) Richard Holmes, 20th Fighter Wing deputy wing chaplain.

Supporters from the Shaw faith community signs up and sponsors a family, by providing a Christmas meal and at least one new gift.

Sponsors and donator's however are not limited to solely one gift and meal.

"All of my sponsors sign up and really get into the program," said Frances Watson, family coordinator for Operation True Giving. "These people really go beyond and above. Thank God they were able to do this and give to the less fortunate."

Operation True Giving intends to remain true to its character and will continue their selfless aid to families for years to come by providing food, clothing, gifts, and most importantly holiday cheer.