FORT GORDON, Ga. (NNS) -- Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Georgia's Family Readiness Group (FRG) held a Children's Christmas party for Sailors and their families Dec. 6 at the Fort Gordon Gymnasium #6.
The event showcased a host of activities for children as well as parents.
"I loved all of the great activities for the kids and the opportunity to see my shipmates and their families," said Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 1st Class Alicia Oberholtzer, who attended the event with her son and her husband, Brian, the command's new ombudsman.
"We also did not have to endure the longs lines at the mall for a picture with Santa," Oberholtzer said.
Children also had the opportunity to have their faces painted, participate in arts and crafts, and enjoy bouncing around in two large inflatables.
NIOC Georgia's First Class Petty Officer Association, the Chief Petty Officer Association, and the wardroom made donations for the event and Operation Homefront donated toys, which enabled each child to receive a toy from Santa.
After fun and games, Sailors and their families were served pizza, cookies and drinks.
Lauren Updike, president of the command's FRG planned and coordinated the event with the help of FRG Vice President Marissa Greer and numerous volunteers from the group, as well as the command.
For more information about the Navy's Family Readiness Group visit: http://www.cnic.navy.mil/ffr/family_readiness.html
For more news from Navy Information Operations Command Georgia, visit www.navy.mil/local/niocg/.