HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas- Each year the Armed Forces designates the month of November as Military Family Month and this year, the squadron command team Families from 3rd Cavalry Regiment, showed their support, not only to other military Families, but to all of the Families throughout the local community.
The squadron command teams' wives, along with their own Families, gathered to support the local food drive held Nov. 17, 2017, here.
For one day only each year, the food drive collects donations of food and money to be given to the local food banks found throughout the county. With 3rd Cav. Regt. and Harker Heights being community partners, the event was perfect for the squadron command teams' wives to support.
"It's the largest food drive in the state of Texas and it's just a great way to give back to our community," said Marsha Byrom, wife of Col. Jonathan Byrom, the 77th commander of 3rd Cav. Regt.
As a military wife of 15 years and with her husband, along with the rest of the 3rd Cav. Regt. in the field right now preparing for the upcoming National Training Center rotation occurring at the beginning of 2018, Karin Davis, wife of Lt. Col. Paul Davis, Regimental Support Squadron commander, said she understands the struggles that many civilian Families can have, and go through.
"As a military Family, we have our own burdens with the deployments, training exercises, and being separated so much, but we have recourses available to us that civilian Families just don't have," said Davis.
"It's wonderful to see so many people coming together and helping," said Linda Dawson, the executive director of Harker Heights Food Care Center and organizer of the food drive here. "This is the largest turnout we have ever had."
Dawson said this year the food drive is hoping to beat last year's record of 172,000 pounds of food donations.
"It just warms my heart to see everyone out here helping," said Dawson.
"When there's a need, we like to help out as much as we can and to support the community that has always supported us," said Davis.