U.S. Army soldiers partner with The Salvation Army to bring Christmas to youth in Romania

The Salvation Army is partnering with American soldiers from the MK Air Base in Romania to distribute Christmas presents to children attending a nearby school in Targusor.

“We go out and we see hundreds of bridges being built between the soldiers and the communities,” said U.S. Army Captain Clinton Cochlan, 426 Brigade Support Battalion Chaplain. “Whether it’s playing them music, teaching them American football, or buying them actual new store-bought presents… we’re showing them as American soldiers, we want to give.”

The soldiers are working with Dave Haas, a Southern Territorial employee who also works as the Salvation Army’s development and communications manager in Romania. He acts as the coordinator for the effort, using his extensive knowledge of the Angel Tree program.

“It’s a heartwarming experience being in an administrative position and being able to see how everyone is affected by this,” Haas said. “Everyone gets to walk away with this full feeling.”

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