By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It wasn’t just about the holidays on Saturday as 84 Lumber and the Penguins gave back to moms and military families.

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Operation Baby Penguin honored 12 expecting and brand new moms who are serving, or are the spouses of active-duty military members or veterans.

Each family was given a plethora of gifts and goodies to help welcome their little ones and assist in the transition to life with a newborn.

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Katie Donnelly with the pens says the honor surprised many of the families.

“There were tears. There were smiles. I think a few people thought I was pranking them on the phone” said Kaitlin Donahoe, Director of Corporate Partnership Marketing with the Pittsburgh Penguins. “But you could just feel the joy. I think especially this time of year with the holidays, for people who dont have their loved ones here, they might be deployed overseas, a household full of either little children or an expecting mother is I can’t even imagine them doing that by themselves. There was a lot of emotion and a lot of excitement and we’re so happy to have them here today.”

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This was the inaugural operation baby penguins event — but the team says they hope to have more.