Holding hand
A small boy holds the hand of a Soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, as they walk through a survivor camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 21, 2010. The Soldiers are visiting the camps to locate and help people who are injured but cannot make it to the medical station set up at the temporary forward operating base nearby.

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Americans are generous. Individual contributions totaled almost $230 billion in 2008, but when a disaster, such has the Haiti earthquake, occurs, Americans pour out even more charity - in money, supplies and time.

Now, anyone who works for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command has an additional opportunity to contribute to the Haiti Recovery Fund until March 19.

"Anyone who wants to donate may do so by using the donation jars set up in designated areas," said Lt. Col. Gwedolyn Lee, deputy chief of staff, G1, USASMDC/ARSTRAT. "The donations will be converted to check or money order and sent to the Combined Federal Campaign-sponsored agency CARE."

CARE, according to the organization's Web site, was founded in 1945 to provide relief to survivors of World War II. It is a humanitarian organization committed to fighting global poverty.

According to Lee, Sarah Trial, a human resource technician in G1, did all of the research and rallied the command to execute the campaign.

"I had to do something," Trial said. "The babies had a lot to do with it, and there was no medicine or drugs for those who had to have amputations. We, the American people, are blessed, no matter how you look at things."

Trial said she chose CARE because they were on the ground first. She said CARE has water filters that purify up to 300 gallons of water each that cost $50, and they delivered food and medicine.

"They were the most humane people that I spoke to, and trust me, I spoke to a lot of people," Trial said. "They cared. They wanted to make a difference... just like I do. What better way can a person live than to give back to their fellow man in need'"

<i>Carrie.Ford@smdc.army.mil<i/>

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