CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo -- Soldiers and civilians from the Area Support Team-Balkans took part in a local donation project -- delivering a total of five van loads of bed sheets, blankets and civilian clothing to the Ferizaj Women's Shelter and the Ferizaj community center, July 31 and Aug. 11, respectively.
The AST-B -- based at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo -- requests Soldiers from departing rotational units donate personal items they no longer want instead of putting those items in the trash.
The items are washed and then AST-Balkans works with the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo to donate the items to a shelter in need. The AST-B delivered two vans to the women's shelter and then three more to the community center.
The AST-B has been conducting the program for approximately five years. Della Hodges, AST-B director, estimated that the program has donated more than 40 van loads of supplies to benefit local communities, both Kosovar and Serbian alike.
"This program has really been a benefit to local communities," Hodges said. "We have donated on average five or six van loads per roatation. Besides reducing waste, it makes a difference to those in need."