The Air Force Academy apologized Thursday night for promoting Operation Christmas Child, a program designed to send holiday gifts to impoverished children around the world.

Mikey Weinstein, of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said the military crossed the line when they promoted the gift program, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, an organization run by the Rev. Franklin Graham.

Operation Christmas Child planned to send more than 8 million shoe box gifts to underprivileged children in 100 countries. An evangelical Christian message is also included in the boxes.

“This is a proselytizing entity of Franklin Graham,” said Weinstein. He filed a complaint on behalf of 132 Academy personnel including two sets of Muslim-American parents.

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