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An attendant of the Atlantic Marine Corps Communities Home for the Holidays event sleds down the snow packed slide at the AMCC Bicentennial Community Center aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, recently.

Photo by Cpl. Miranda Blackburn

Home for the Holidays brings winter to AMCC residents

5 Jan 2012 | Cpl. Miranda Blackburn

While the weather in the area may not have people thinking of a "White Christmas," Atlantic Marine Corps Communities made sure Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune residents were singing "Winter Wonderland" during the Home for the Holidays event held at the AMCC Bicentennial Community Center aboard the base, recently.

Bringing in piles of snow from Raleigh, N.C., the community center created whimsical play areas for children to sled, make snowmen, snow angels and participate in the "ultimate snowball fight."

Residents from the MCB Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River housing areas joined in on the fun at the annual event.

"We also have crafts inside, hot chocolate, and cookies," said Melissa Miller, the AMCC occupancy marketing manager. "This is just one of the many services we provide for our residents who live on base with us."

The community center provided other winter activities to include hayrides throughout the majestically-lit housing area and an opportunity to film a holiday greeting to send to deployed loved ones through the Smiles Over Miles program hosted by the USO of North Carolina - Jacksonville Center.

The free program was started by the USO of North Carolina and brings families of active-duty service members of all branches to its centers to record and mail messages to those deployed overseas.

Robin Jozsa and her two children used the Smiles Over Miles program to send a Christmas message to their Marine currently deployed to Afghanistan.

"I think it's really wonderful," said Jozsa."It gives him a chance to see exactly what we do while he's gone and it will make him feel like he's a part of what we do."

The Home for the Holidays event concluded with a showing of the movie "Polar Express" and a surprise visit from Santa Clause that had all the children cheering.

"We have a lot of residents who don't have families nearby and this is one of the ways they cant get out and meet their neighbors," said Miller. "It's just a good service to provide residents to show them that we care and want to wish all of them a happy holidays from AMCC."

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