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Hangar Holiday More than just a Shopping Spree

The holiday season is here and what other way to jump start the shopping than Texomas annual Hangar Holiday.

Sheppard Air Force Base brings the event to life every year with thousands of gifts for purchase.  This festive event is more than just a shopping spree.

It's a fundraiser for Sheppard Officers' Spouses' Club and other local charities.  It also helps bring in food to support airmen and the Family Readiness Food Pantry.

"We have Christmas decor.  We have jewelry.  We have clothing.  We have children's items.  We have all sorts of handmade items," said coordinator Rebecca Caldon.

Items that both Donna Guyotte and Teisha Vizcarrondo couldn't keep their hands off of.

"I found a really nice present but I can't say what it is because someone's here," said shopper Donna Guyotte.

"I just want to see what they have and everybody's really creative and I just want to
 see what different things people can make," said holiday shopper Teisha Vizcarrondo.

Vendors traveled from around the country to be in Wichita Falls this weekend and the fees they paid to showcase their crafts help support Sheppard Officers Spouses Club.

"The scholarships are given to dependents of families in the military, so spouses and children," said SOSC volunteer, Dana Mihaly.

She says this could be a recording breaking attendance year and of course only good things can come from that.

"Last year we gave away nine scholarships totaling $24,500 so we are really proud of that and
 we hope to even exceed that this year," said Mihaly.

Back in 1984 the event had only 50 vendors on display, this weekend 250 filled the entire building.  Whether they realized it or not they helped support Texoma and the families of the men and women who risk their lives for us.

Organizers expect to raise $25,000 for the scholarship.  The applications are reviewed in April and in May they will be given away to deserving individuals.

You can expect this holiday tradition to be back again next year.  The event is always free but they do ask attendees to donate at least one non-perishable food item to help the Readiness Food Pantry.

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