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Sixth Annual Spread the Joy continues despite COVID-19

Volunteers wait to delivery gifts on behalf of Santa.

Despite the limitations of COVID-19, Air Force Civil Engineer Center Detachment 1 volunteers were determined to continue the six-year tradition of “Spread the Joy,” using a drive-thru system at Lucille Moore Elementary School Dec. 17, 2020, to hand out gifts to more than 100 children and families. The event, sponsored by AFCEC’s Detachment 1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, involved many hours before hand, purchasing gifts and wrapping them to ensure children at the school had a joyous Christmas. (U.S. Air Force photo by David Ford)

Santa surprises children during Spread the Joy.

Santa Claus makes a surprise visit to Lucille Moore Elementary School in Panama City, Florida, Dec. 17, 2020, as part of the Sixth Annual Air Force Civil Engineer Center-sponsored “Spread the Joy” holiday event. While Santa greeted every vehicles filled with excited children, his elves put presents in to the vehicles. Normally held in the school with a hot meal and the happy sounds of gasps and squeals after opening presents, this year’s event had to be amended to keep children and Santa safe from COVID-19. Not only did AFCEC volunteers help hand out the gifts, they’d also spent hours previously purchasing and wrapping gifts to ensure more than 100 children would have a joyous Christmas. (U.S. Air Force photo by David Ford)

Cars line up during Spread the Joy.

Despite the limitations of COVID-19, Air Force Civil Engineer Center Detachment 1 volunteers were determined to continue the six-year tradition of “Spread the Joy,” using a drive-thru system at Lucille Moore Elementary School Dec. 17, 2020, to hand out gifts to more than 100 children and families. The event, sponsored by AFCEC’s Detachment 1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, involved many hours before hand, purchasing gifts and wrapping them to ensure children at the school had a joyous Christmas. (U.S. Air Force photo by David Ford)

Santa makes a surprise visit during Spread the Joy.

Santa Claus makes a surprise visit to Lucille Moore Elementary School in Panama City, Florida, Dec. 17, 2020, as part of the Sixth Annual Air Force Civil Engineer Center-sponsored “Spread the Joy” holiday event. While Santa greeted every vehicles filled with excited children, his elves put presents in to the vehicles. Normally held in the school with a hot meal and the happy sounds of gasps and squeals after opening presents, this year’s event had to be amended to keep children and Santa safe from COVID-19. Not only did AFCEC volunteers help hand out the gifts, they’d also spent hours previously purchasing and wrapping gifts to ensure more than 100 children would have a joyous Christmas. (U.S. Air Force photo by David Ford)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Despite the limitations of COVID-19, Air Force Civil Engineer Center Detachment 1 volunteers were determined to continue the six-year tradition of “Spread the Joy,” using a drive-thru system at Lucille Moore Elementary School in Panama City, Florida, to hand out gifts to more than 100 children and families.

The Dec. 17, 2020, event, sponsored by AFCEC’s Detachment 1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, involved many hours before hand, purchasing gifts and wrapping them to ensure children at the school had a joyous Christmas. On the day, Santa Claus greeted every vehicles filled with excited children while his AFCEC "elves" put presents in to the vehicles.

Normally held in the school with a hot meal and the happy sounds of gasps and squeals after opening presents, this year’s event had to be amended to keep children and Santa safe from COVID-19.