Fort Hood Area Hollywood Video Stores donate to Soldiers
Story by Pfc. Crystal Eldridge
13th SC(E) Public Affairs
Soldiers of the 13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary) who are preparing to deploy received a special treat June 21.
Patrons of local video stores donated movies, popcorn, candy and drinks to several units preparing to deploy over the next few months.
Louann Tardiff, manager of the Copperas Cove branch of the Hollywood Video chain, coordinated the participation of three stores - Killeen Hollywood Video, Harker Heights Hollywood Video, and her own store in Cove - in a donation drive to support local troops, said Stacia Steen, manager of the Killeen branch.
As customers paid for their purchases and rentals at these stores, cashiers would ask if the customers would like to make a donation for deploying Soldiers, said Candace Vargas, manager of Harker Heights' Hollywood Video store.
"(Customers) are usually pretty responsive," Vargas added.
One customer actually helped to expedite the interaction between the Sustainment Command and the video store.
"One day I was renting videos and (Tardiff) asked me what unit I was in," said Staff Sgt. Kevin M. Ray, a communications security noncommissioned officer in charge with the SC(E) G-6 office.
From there, Ray said he was able to put Tardiff in contact with the people she needed to make the donation happen.
"We received donations from the community for Soldiers in the barracks who are waiting to deploy," said Tardiff.
Master Sgt. Dorothy Glowinski-Lyons, of the 13th SC(E) G-4, said the donations would be distributed to first sergeants throughout the command and would be placed in the barracks' day rooms for Soldiers to enjoy together.
The three managers expressed their understanding of Soldiers' lives and the Soldiers' need to relax while preparing to face a year in Iraq or Afghanistan in support of the nation's Global War on Terrorism.
"My husband was a Soldier," said Steen, "so whatever we can do to help . . ."
"In a small community like this," added Vargas, referring to the Fort Hood area, "everyone is affected (by deployments)."
"We're glad to help," Tardiff added. "We'll be doing (donation drives) more."
"It really shows that the community cares about its Soldiers," said Ray.
The stores have presented donations to Soldiers on Fort Hood during holiday seasons for the past two years and are scheduled to do so again this year, Tardiff said.
From left, Candace Vargas, manager of Harker Heights' Hollywood Video, Louann Tardiff, manager of the Copperas Cover store, Spc. Chad Fritz, of the 13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary) G-4, Stacia Steen, Killeen Hollywood Video's manager, and Master Sgt. Doroty Glowinski-Lyons of the 13th SC(E) G-4, stand with donations for 13th SC(E) Soldiers who are preparing to deploy later this year. Photo by Pfc. Crystal D. Eldridge, 13th SC(E) Public Affairs
Candace Vargas, manager of the Harker Heights Hollywood Video store, carries a box of snacks donated to Soldiers by patrons of the local Hollywood Video stores. These donations will be distributed to 13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary) units preparing to deploy to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Photo by Pfc. Crystal D. Eldridge, 13th SC(E) Public Affairs