COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Volunteers from Columbus Air Force Base and the local community come together each year about this time to wrap hundreds of gifts for needy children.
It's called the "Happy Wrap."
The program started years ago by longtime base employee the late George "Happy" Irby.
The "Happy Fund" continues today collecting money to provide items like clothing and school supplies to children in the area who otherwise might do without.
Organizers say it comes together like clockwork.
"Happy's" son, George Irby, said, "Here at the base we have the wrappers who General Motors could use on an assembly line. They have this thing down to a fine art. We couldn't do it without the volunteers."
There are around 100 volunteers in all who purchase the gifts and then make sure they're wrapped in a happy Christmas package.
The young people who receive the gifts are nominated by their teachers who search out students most in need.
Men, women, and young children all take part.
CAFB volunteer Lakezia Ham said, "I love doing community service. Christmas is a time to spend with family and give to those who are less fortunate."
CAFB volunteer Justin Herris said, "It's all about giving this time of the year to those who are less fortunate."
The volunteers say, for them, it makes their Christmas to know they're doing a small part that leaves so many children happy.