Koebel dives into Christmas

Lt. J. Koebel, Salvation Army Oceanside (Calif.) corps officer, jumped from a plane Nov. 30 for the second consecutive year to raise awareness of the need in north San Diego County.

About 200 people witnessed the jump, contributed to a giant red kettle and donated toys and food.

“We are hoping to make this an annual event because people need to know how much need is in this community,” Koebel said. “So far, over 800 families, 1,100-plus children, have applied for Christmas assistance. We need the help of the community—it takes a community to serve a community!”

Donations are still coming in, according to Koebel, and the event was successful for another reason: this year, he landed on his feet.

Photo by Nick Boyd, Tsunami Skydivers


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