AST-Balkans uses donations to help local communities
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Ricardo Antunez, a member of the finance section at Area Support Team-Balkans, helps deliver several bags of bed sheets, blankets and civilian clothing to the Ferizaj community center, Aug. 11. The AST-B has donated more than 40 van loads of unw... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
AST-Balkans uses donations to help local communities
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Chris McDaniel, Area Support Team-Balkans safety officer, helps deliver several bags of bed sheets, blankets and civilian clothing to the Ferizaj community center, Aug. 11. The AST-B has donated more than 40 van loads of unwanted personal items from ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
AST-Balkans uses donations to help local communities
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Area Support Team-Balkans donated five van loads of bed sheets, blankets and civilian clothing to the Ferizaj community center, Aug. 11. The AST-B has donated more than 40 van loads of unwanted personal items from Soldiers of departing rotational... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

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."