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Team Moody families celebrate Christmas over dinner

Photo of attendees sitting on Santa's lap

Holiday Dinner attendees sit on Santa Claus’ lap Dec. 13, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The annual Holiday Dinner gives Moody families an opportunity to interact with other Moody families, key spouses, exceptional family members and unit leadership. Families are served a holiday meal and have the opportunity to meet Santa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

A photo of attendees doing arts and crafts

Holiday Dinner attendees participate in arts and crafts during the Holiday Dinner Dec. 13, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The annual Holiday Dinner gives Moody families an opportunity to interact with other Moody families, key spouses, exceptional family members and unit leadership. Families are served a holiday meal and have the opportunity to meet Santa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

A photo of volunteers serving food at the Holiday Dinner

Volunteers serve food during the Holiday Dinner Dec. 13, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The annual Holiday Dinner gives Moody families an opportunity to interact with other Moody families, key spouses, exceptional family members and unit leadership. Families are served a holiday meal and have the opportunity to meet Santa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

A photo of families at the Holiday Dinner

Team Moody families gather during the Holiday Dinner Dec. 13, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The annual Holiday Dinner gives Moody families an opportunity to interact with other Moody families, key spouses, exceptional family members and unit leadership. Families are served a holiday meal and have the opportunity to meet Santa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

The Airman and Family Readiness Center hosted a Holiday Dinner Dec. 13, for families with loved ones currently deployed downrange, exceptional family members and key spouses.

The annual event is a free dinner at the base chapel designed to celebrate the holidays and thank each family for their support and sacrifice.

“These events are catered to support a larger crowd and bring even more of a family atmosphere to the events,” said Master Sgt. Kianta Asplund, 23d Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center NCO in charge. “It provides the families, both parents and children, an opportunity to interact with others who are going through similar experiences. For some families, this could be their first experience with a deployment and talking to another deployed family could make all the difference.”

The Holiday Dinner gave Moody families an opportunity to interact with other Moody families, key spouses, exceptional family members and unit leadership. Families were served a holiday meal, and had the opportunity to meet Santa. Furthermore, they were able to participate in arts and crafts, and each family went home with a free toy.

“The dinner is to support those who are downrange and our exceptional family members,” said Windy Scott, Exceptional Family Members Program coordinator. “We do things like that to make sure our families have less to worry about and to make sure exceptional family members get what they need.”

The dinner is Moody’s way of taking care of Airmen and their families while their loved ones are not able to be home during the holidays. Amongst all of the families at the dinner, Jim Blume was there to support his daughter-in-law and grandchildren while his son is deployed.

“When I was in the service, we didn’t have anything like this,” said Jim Blume, the father of Master Sgt. Ryan Blume, 23d Security Forces Squadron, who is currently downrange. “I think it’s good that there is something like this to help out the families, and I think it was a great turn out.”

The next monthly Deployed Spouses Dinner is scheduled for Jan. 21, 2020, at the Georgia Pines Dining Facility, here.