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Fort Stewart Garrison Commander, Col. Kevin Milton; Garrison Installation Chaplain, (Col.) Warren Kirby; Red Cross Senior Station Resource Manager, Alphonsa Oliver; Chaplain (Maj) Peter Uhde; Funds Manager, Sgt. Gabrielle Shivers and Command Sgt. Maj. James Ervin accepted a check of $12,164.64 to help the victims of the Japan Tsunami.

FORT STEWART, Ga. - The Red Cross accepted a check on behalf of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's Religious Services Organization at the main post chapel, June 21. Stewart-Hunter parishioners donated more than 12,000 dollars to the organization to help those affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

"It is a great honor and privilege to be able to serve in the capacity that we do. Our ability to worship God in the way we do is driven by the American spirit, but more importantly God's holy spirit," said (Chap.) Col. Warren Kirby, garrison installation chaplain. "We are so thankful to serve such a compassionate group of people."

The giving spirit resonated among military-connected worshipers who felt compelled to help during services, held May 1.

According to Chap. (Maj.) Peter Uhde, catholic chaplain, most Soldiers know what devastation looks like up close and freely give because they understand what that Family may be going through at that time.

Parishioners opened their hearts and wallets and decided to offer assistance to the non-profit organization.

"Giving is a simple expression of faith in God. The donation is a testament that a few can make a difference," (Chap.) Col. Kirby said.

He and his team encouraged responsible giving despite the worthy cause.

"There is a measure of responsibility and we [Chaplain Corps.] encourage donors to give intellectually and not on emotion," (Chap.) Col. Kirby said.

According to Chap. (Col.) Kirby he strongly believes that offering that guidance is the duty of himself and his staff.

Generosity is paramount to the Army Family and everyone takes pride in responding to those in need.

"Today was nothing special… today was a very simple illustration of what Army Christian Families are in the habit of doing anyway- Being selfless, having faith in God and understanding the humanness of living here in this community of man and that everybody needs each other's help," (Chap.) Maj. Uhde said.

The Red Cross, an emergency response organization, offers humanitarian aid around the globe and relies heavily on contributions.

"We all have different gifts, talents and needs and at different times in our lives God calls upon us to share and use those talents that he has given us and sometimes that is simply the change you have in your pocket," (Chap.) Maj. Uhde said. "To you it's just change but to someone else it's going to make all the difference."

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