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Chaplain Corps offers smiles and caring concern at Children's Hospital

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  • By Master Sgt. Michael Golden
  • 178th Chaplain Corps
The 178th Wing Chaplain Corps visited children at the Dayton Children's Hospital Dec. 4 to deliver some holiday cheer to children who are spending the holiday season in the hospital.

Chaplain Maj. Joseph Branch, along with chaplain assistants Master Sgt. Michael Golden and Staff Sgt. Robert Schaefer visited 26 children and passed out stuffed animals, dolls, play jewelry and toy cars which were provided by the wing's Airman Family Readiness.

"This was an extremely awesome and humbling experience," said Branch. "To see a child smiling after receiving a gift, it renews the innocence of children and the importance of what we do as Airmen."

The Chaplain Corps said they were well received and appreciated the opportunity to spend time with the children.

Schaefer said that it was an emotional and rewarding experience.  "I recommend anyone that has the opportunity to do it."

The team was able to spend several minutes with each child along with the parents.

"It's all about the kids and bringing a smile to their face," said Golden. "It was a great experience for all."