Soldiers’ Angels spreading holiday cheer to local military and veteran families

By Ashley Portillo | Posted at 7:01 PM, Nov 17, 2021 and last updated 9:31 PM, Nov 17, 2021

COLORADO SPRINGS — News5 is on a mission to make sure veterans and active duty military know they are not alone. One national non-profit is helping veteran and military families, including families locally, that could use some extra support during the holiday season.

The organization is called Soldiers’ Angels, and they’re spreading some holiday cheer by adopting military and veteran families across the country. One family who lives on post at Fort Carson and moved there about six months ago was adopted.

Samantha Knight’s husband, Cain, is deployed and will be away from the family next summer. This year is the family’s first Christmas without him. Together, they have two kids. Their son is eight years old and their daughter is three.

“The kids are doing well. My son has his days. There’s still days where I think he misses them. My daughter will wake up occasionally. The other day she was in the bathroom crying because she missed him,” said Knight.

However, Soldiers’ Angels is stepping up to provide the kids with gifts, and the family with a holiday meal. Children in military families don’t always have a normal Christmas, but the Adopt-A-Family program is helping to make the holiday feel somewhat normal.

“This helps a lot. I feel like my kids still get to have a Christmas,” said Knight. “With him being deployed, it’s a lot for the kids and I think it helps them with dealing and they can kind of forget that he’s deployed because they’re busy opening presents.”

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