• EL PASO, Texas (October 23, 2010) Soldiers of D Company, 123rd Brigade Support Battalion, put the finishing touches on a fence they assembled earlier at the Great Dane Rescue of El Paso, Oct. 23..

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    EL PASO, Texas (October 23, 2010) Soldiers of D Company, 123rd Brigade Support Battalion, put the finishing touches on a fence they assembled earlier at the Great Dane Rescue of El Paso, Oct. 23..

  • EL PASO, Texas (October 23, 2010) Spc. Robert Eby, assigned to 72nd Military Police Detachment, 93rd MP Battalion, paints a child's bedroom at the Child Crisis Center of El Paso Saturday for Make a Difference Day.

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    EL PASO, Texas (October 23, 2010) Spc. Robert Eby, assigned to 72nd Military Police Detachment, 93rd MP Battalion, paints a child's bedroom at the Child Crisis Center of El Paso Saturday for Make a Difference Day.

  • EL PASO, Texas (October 23, 2010) Spc. Chris Cooper, truck driver with D Company, 123rd Brigade Support Battalion, tries to lure a spotted Great Dane, "Pickles," with a rope inside one of the newly constructed fences he and his team built at the Great Dane Rescue of El Paso, Oct. 23.

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    EL PASO, Texas (October 23, 2010) Spc. Chris Cooper, truck driver with D Company, 123rd Brigade Support Battalion, tries to lure a spotted Great Dane, "Pickles," with a rope inside one of the newly constructed fences he and his team built at the Great...

  • FORT BLISS, Texas (October 23, 2010) Angel Jimenez, a civil engineer with Fort Bliss Directorate of Public Works, hangs a plaque on the wall of the American Red Cross association on post, Oct. 23. Jimenez and other DPW employees volunteered to clean, move furniture and spruce up the building for Make a Difference Day.

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    FORT BLISS, Texas (October 23, 2010) Angel Jimenez, a civil engineer with Fort Bliss Directorate of Public Works, hangs a plaque on the wall of the American Red Cross association on post, Oct. 23. Jimenez and other DPW employees volunteered to clean...

  • EL PASO, Texas (October 23, 2010) Andrea Webb, left, of the Great Dane Rescue of El Paso, and Amy Dunlapp, family readiness group leader with 123rd Brigade Support Battalion, play with dogs in the new row of fences built by the battalion's Soldiers, Oct. 23.

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    EL PASO, Texas (October 23, 2010) Andrea Webb, left, of the Great Dane Rescue of El Paso, and Amy Dunlapp, family readiness group leader with 123rd Brigade Support Battalion, play with dogs in the new row of fences built by the battalion's Soldiers...

  • EL PASO, Texas (October 23, 2010) Aiden Gardea of the Cubs prepares for his run to home plate with his "Angel in the Outfield," 1st Lt. Adam Cazarez, platoon leader with D Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, at Ponder Park Oct. 23; a part of the Make a Difference Day volunteer event.

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    EL PASO, Texas (October 23, 2010) Aiden Gardea of the Cubs prepares for his run to home plate with his "Angel in the Outfield," 1st Lt. Adam Cazarez, platoon leader with D Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, at Ponder Park Oct. 23; a part of...

EL PASO, Texas -- Volunteers from seven Fort Bliss units and the Directorate of Public Works went into the surrounding area Oct. 23 to spruce up the community and mentor disabled children in honor of national Make a Difference Day.

In previous years, the installation supported two main efforts to volunteer on post. Going off post this year underlined how the installation's growth affects the community positively, according to Army Community Service Volunteer Corps agent Alison Brown.

"We support more agencies by dispersing the Soldiers into the city as well as the installation," said Brown, who coordinated the day's activities. "It also helps with the cohesion of Fort Bliss and the El Paso community; it makes Fort Bliss a part of the El Paso community."

The Child Crisis Center of El Paso was among the sites visited. During Saturday's volunteer event, Soldiers of the 93rd Military Police Battalion painted boys' bedrooms and spent time with children, which was not a part of the initial cause.

"We are doing more than what we came here for," said Sgt. 1st Class Juan Rodriguez, first sergeant of the battalion's Headquarters and Headquarters Battery. "It goes beyond painting; it has an impact on the kids too."

Rodriguez said volunteering at the center is something he takes personally, because of his familiarity with the services offered there. He represented the Army proudly, considering this a way to give back to them specifically.

"This is near and dear to my heart," he said, "because I've had experiences with the Child Crisis Center before."

Other places visited for volunteer project work were the American Red Cross; Boys and Girls Club of El Paso; Candelighters; El Paso Public Library, Dorris Van Doren Branch; El Paso Zoological Society; Great Dane Rescue of El Paso and Miracle League of El Paso.

Make a Difference Day also signified the end of the donation drive to benefit the Humane Society and the Junior Enlisted Family Center, which ran from Oct. 1 through 23.

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