Dive into Christmas with Lt. J. Koebel in Oceanside, Calif
It’s become something of a tradition for Lt. J. Koebel in Oceanside, California.
Today from noon to 2PM, he and his wife Lt. Ashley Koebel will be hosting a community party to raise awareness of the need present in North County San Diego. They’ll be holding a toy and food drive to distribute to local families this Christmas.
There will be snacks, a Salvation Army brass band, and a giant red kettle – suitable for your Christmas photo backdrop.
And, Lt. J. will jump out of a perfectly good airplane at 13,000 feet and float to the ground.
Why, because nothing raises awareness quite like a Salvation Army officer in full uniform jumping out of a plane!
Here are the event details:
When: November 30, from 12:00PM to 2:00PM
Where: Tsunami Skydivers, 480 Airport Road, Oceanside
Bring: Non-perishable food and / or new, un-wrapped toys
Thanksgiving was a bit later than usual this year, so there are five fewer days to raise income in the kettle to provide Christmas for needy families. So far, more than 800 families – 1,100-plus children – have applied for Christmas assistance in the Koebel’s community this year. They need their neighbors’ help to meet this need.
If you can help and want the added bonus of watching a Salvation Army officer jump from a plane, then today’s event is just for you!
:: Click here for the Oceanside Salvation Army’s Facebook page to learn more about their local programs and how you can help.
Lt. J. landed successfully and much fun was had!
If you can stomach it (to be honest – I struggled to watch this to the end!) here’s a video of Lt. J. and Nick Boyd with Tsunami Skydivers free falling above San Diego.
And, here is a slideshow of images snapped on the way down by Nick Boyd that were published by the San Diego Union Tribune.