The Community Events and Bingo Center was filled with young voices on Saturday.

The annual Children’s Christmas Bingo filled the hall with infants, toddlers, and preteens — and their parents — hoping to win the gift-wrapped packages piled on a table.

Santa Claus greeted the children as they arrived with candy canes.

Kayleigh Haase, 8, managed to turn her lips and teeth blue by sucking on a blue candy cane. “I come every year!” she said, her colored smile bright.

At Fort Hood for less than two months, Heather Chavez brought her daughters, Alyssa, 8, and Alannah, 6, to the bingo. All three wore tiger-trimmed Santa hats.

Gaby Krieger-Perez, manager for Fort Hood’s Family Morale Welfare and Recreation, wore an assortment of Christmas ornaments in her hair. She served as bingo caller, adding a touch of humor to the games. She also organized the event.

James Woodard attended the event for the first time with his wife, Doris, and some of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“My wife got me up this morning,” James said. “We’re having a grandparents weekend.”

A lunch was provided by Marco’s Pizza, giving the youngsters a chance to enjoy a slice, in addition to the Christmas candy.

Each child received a goody bag and plush toy as part of the bingo, so no one left empty-handed.

jferraro@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7568

254-501-7568 | jferraro@kdhnews.com

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