ACS gathers donations to feed Army families

Story Pfc. Naveed Ali Shah
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

Army Community Service and Soldiers from the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), gathered donations of food and money November 21 at the Clear Creek and Warrior Way Commissaries to help feed needy Army families during this holiday season.

Dozens of volunteers here on Fort Hood, and hundreds more at locations off-post, helped solicit donations from customers. Some customers donated food in the form of canned goods or other groceries, while others offered cash donations.

“This is the first year that ACS is taking part in the food drive,” said an ACS representative. “We’re able to feed hundreds of families here on Fort Hood thanks to these donations.”

There’s no doubt that the foods drive would not be a success if it were not for the volunteers who donated their time to this noble cause.

“I get a lot of clients who need assistance or just food and we refer them to ACS,” said Sgt. 1st Class Olivia Brown, command financial specialist, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th SC(E), “We refer so many Soldiers and their families to ACS that it feels good to give back."

It is not always easy for a CFS to aid Soldiers and families because their problems may be too complex to deal with at their level.

“The hardest thing is when we can’t help a Soldier,” said Brown. “But I encourage all Soldiers to talk to their command, come talk to a CFS, they’ll lead you in the right direction.”

This holiday season donating time, money, or simply a can of food could go a long way, not just for those who will receive the aid, but also for those who give a piece of themselves to help others.

Brown said, “It’s a wonderful feeling to volunteer and just having everybody come out and help.”

Sgt 1st Class Timothy Allbee
Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Allbee, command financial specialist, 3rd HBCT, 1st CD, unloads canned goods donated in support of the Army Community Service Food Drive November 20 at the Clear Creak Commissary. (US Army photo by Staff Sgt. Joel F. Gibson/13th SC(E))

An ACS volunteer
An ACS volunteer accepts a cartful of canned food donations during the Army Community Service Food Drive November 20 at the Clear Creak Commissary. (US Army photo by Staff Sgt. Joel F. Gibson/13th SC(E))

 

Spc Quala Joiner and Sgt 1st Class Timoth Allbee
Spc. Quala Joiner, 13th SC(E), hands a cash donation to Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Allbee, command financial specialist, 3rd HBCT, 1st CD, in support of the Army Community Service Food Drive November 20 at the Clear Creak Commissary. (US Army photo by Staff Sgt. Joel F. Gibson/13th SC(E)

Howard Bennett and Sgt 1st Class Olivia Brown
Howard Bennett, a retired Soldier, hands a cash donation to Sgt. 1st Class Olivia Brown, command financial specialist, 15th SB, 13th SC(E), in support of the Army Community Service Food Drive November 20 at the Clear Creak Commissary. (US Army photo by Staff Sgt. Joel F. Gibson/13th SC(E))