CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Brian Godfrey, a former Airman and the volunteer who spearheaded the organization, coordination and push behind the Bag Brigade volunteer events, poses in front of completed welcome bags intended for newly arriving single and unaccompanied Soldiers at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21. The Bag Brigade Drive brought together 43 volunteers who worked to create 700-800 welcome bags consisting of snacks and necessities, demonstrating the Camp Humphrey's community's tireless and welcoming nature. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
1 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Brian Godfrey, a former Airman and the volunteer who spearheaded the organization, coordination and push behind the Bag Brigade volunteer events, poses in front of completed welcome bags intended for newly arriving single and unaccompanied Soldiers at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21. The Bag Brigade Drive brought together 43 volunteers who worked to create 700-800 welcome bags consisting of snacks and necessities, demonstrating the Camp Humphrey's community's tireless and welcoming nature. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea – A volunteer lines up and organizes completed welcome bags during a Bag Brigade Drive at the Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21. The Bag Brigade Drive event allowed volunteers to assemble welcome bags for newly arriving unaccompanied and single Soldiers who were entering the 14-day quarantine process mandated for incoming personnel to South Korea. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
2 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea – A volunteer lines up and organizes completed welcome bags during a Bag Brigade Drive at the Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21. The Bag Brigade Drive event allowed volunteers to assemble welcome bags for newly arriving unaccompanied and single Soldiers who were entering the 14-day quarantine process mandated for incoming personnel to South Korea. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Packets of Korean coffee are piled together prior to a Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21, in which 43 volunteers assembled welcome bags for newly arriving single and unaccompanied Soldiers entering the quarantine process. The welcome bags included Korean treats and snacks, water, information packets and necessities designed to help ease the quarantine process, boost Soldiers' morale and spirits and demonstrate to them that the community here values and welcomes them. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
3 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Packets of Korean coffee are piled together prior to a Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21, in which 43 volunteers assembled welcome bags for newly arriving single and unaccompanied Soldiers entering the quarantine process. The welcome bags included Korean treats and snacks, water, information packets and necessities designed to help ease the quarantine process, boost Soldiers' morale and spirits and demonstrate to them that the community here values and welcomes them. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Brian Godfrey, a former Airman and the volunteer who spearheaded the organization, coordination and push behind the Bag Brigade volunteer events, prepares a welcome bag during a Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21. The idea for the Bag Brigade events was created during a lunch between Godfrey and Lt. Col. James Lester, the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys deputy garrison chaplain, who saw the need for greater support for newly arriving single and unaccompanied Soldiers in quarantine. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
4 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Brian Godfrey, a former Airman and the volunteer who spearheaded the organization, coordination and push behind the Bag Brigade volunteer events, prepares a welcome bag during a Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21. The idea for the Bag Brigade events was created during a lunch between Godfrey and Lt. Col. James Lester, the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys deputy garrison chaplain, who saw the need for greater support for newly arriving single and unaccompanied Soldiers in quarantine. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Volunteers bring completed welcome bags to prepare for delivery to quarantine barracks during a Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21. Approximately 700-800 welcome bags were completed by the volunteers, consisting of Korean treats and snacks, water, and necessities designed to help make the quarantine process easier and demonstrate the community's support of newly arriving single and unaccompanied Soldiers. (U.S. Photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
5 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Volunteers bring completed welcome bags to prepare for delivery to quarantine barracks during a Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21. Approximately 700-800 welcome bags were completed by the volunteers, consisting of Korean treats and snacks, water, and necessities designed to help make the quarantine process easier and demonstrate the community's support of newly arriving single and unaccompanied Soldiers. (U.S. Photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - A volunteer hands out information pamphlets to other volunteers at a Bag Brigade Drive event at Freedom Chapel, Nov. 21, for their inclusion into assembled welcome bags for unaccompanied and single Soldiers about to enter quarantine. The Bag Brigade idea began in early August and was fully implemented in September, bringing welcome bags consisting of treats, water, information packets and necessities to quarantined Soldiers to help boost their spirits and morale. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
6 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - A volunteer hands out information pamphlets to other volunteers at a Bag Brigade Drive event at Freedom Chapel, Nov. 21, for their inclusion into assembled welcome bags for unaccompanied and single Soldiers about to enter quarantine. The Bag Brigade idea began in early August and was fully implemented in September, bringing welcome bags consisting of treats, water, information packets and necessities to quarantined Soldiers to help boost their spirits and morale. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Bottles of water are lined up to be placed in welcome bags for incoming single and unaccompanied Soldiers entering the quarantine process, during a Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21.  Volunteers assembled bags including water, Korean snacks and treats, information packets and amenities to help ease the quarantine process for Soldiers as well as to show them that the community here supports and values them. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
7 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Bottles of water are lined up to be placed in welcome bags for incoming single and unaccompanied Soldiers entering the quarantine process, during a Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21. Volunteers assembled bags including water, Korean snacks and treats, information packets and amenities to help ease the quarantine process for Soldiers as well as to show them that the community here supports and values them. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - A volunteer participated sin the Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21, by helping to assemble welcome bags for single and unaccompanied Soldiers in quarantine. The Camp Humphreys community has banded together in support of Soldiers, families and incoming community members who are in quarantine, offering support and services through volunteer efforts such as the Bag Brigade Drive. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
8 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - A volunteer participated sin the Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21, by helping to assemble welcome bags for single and unaccompanied Soldiers in quarantine. The Camp Humphreys community has banded together in support of Soldiers, families and incoming community members who are in quarantine, offering support and services through volunteer efforts such as the Bag Brigade Drive. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - A volunteer places a bottle of water into a welcome bag intended for single and unaccompanied quarantined Soldiers during a Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21. The volunteers assembled approximately 700-800 bags for the incoming Soldiers, including basic amenities, Korean snacks and treats, water, and other such goods to help boost morale and spirit during the quarantine process. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
9 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - A volunteer places a bottle of water into a welcome bag intended for single and unaccompanied quarantined Soldiers during a Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21. The volunteers assembled approximately 700-800 bags for the incoming Soldiers, including basic amenities, Korean snacks and treats, water, and other such goods to help boost morale and spirit during the quarantine process. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Boxes of Korean snacks and treats are assembled prior to their contents being included in welcome bags for unaccompanied and single Soldiers entering the quarantine process, during a Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21. Approximately 700-800 bags were assembled by 43 volunteers who dedicated their Saturday morning to help ease the quarantine process and show incoming Soldiers of the community's widespread support. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
10 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Boxes of Korean snacks and treats are assembled prior to their contents being included in welcome bags for unaccompanied and single Soldiers entering the quarantine process, during a Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21. Approximately 700-800 bags were assembled by 43 volunteers who dedicated their Saturday morning to help ease the quarantine process and show incoming Soldiers of the community's widespread support. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Stacks of information packets are aseembled as volunteers prepare to include them into welcome bags intended for single and unaccompanied quarantined Soldiers during a Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21. To help ease the quarantine process for Soldiers, 43 volunteers dedicated their Saturday morning to help assemble welcome bags and demonstrate that the community fully supports and welcomes them. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
11 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Stacks of information packets are aseembled as volunteers prepare to include them into welcome bags intended for single and unaccompanied quarantined Soldiers during a Bag Brigade Drive at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21. To help ease the quarantine process for Soldiers, 43 volunteers dedicated their Saturday morning to help assemble welcome bags and demonstrate that the community fully supports and welcomes them. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL

By Spc. Matthew Marcellus

USAG Humphreys Public Affairs Office

CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea – Volunteers and members of the Humphreys Quarantine Support Group (also volunteers), participated in a Bag Brigade Drive, an event at Freedom Chapel here, Nov. 21.

This event brought together 43 participants to prepare 700-800 welcome bags for newly arrived unaccompanied Soldiers about to enter the quarantine process.

The volunteers participated by filling each bag with items, which would then be delivered to individual quarantine rooms in preparation for incoming Soldiers on permanent change of station orders to South Korea.

“We saw the need for welcome bags back in August,” said Brian Godfrey, a former Airman and the volunteer who spearheaded the organization, coordination and push behind the Bag Brigade. “Nobody was keeping an eye out for the new unaccompanied Soldiers and nobody plans for quarantine. People were showing up and thinking that they would have stuff there for them and it just wasn’t there, it was just a barracks room.”

These welcome bags include Korean treats and snacks, water, sanitary wipes, soap, a towel, a deck of cards, salt and pepper, information packets and other such amenities, to help bring a bit of Korea to the quarantined Soldiers and to help raise their spirits as they go through the process.

“The other admins and I on the Humphreys Quarantine Support Facebook page put it out there that ‘If you could have something in the room for you, what would it be?’ and that’s what we came up with, this list of things,” said Godfrey. “It’s changed since August, and we change with it. I see that as a great thing that we as volunteers can do. Volunteers can move rapidly and adapt quickly and I think that’s what really makes this so successful.”

The drive to begin and strengthen the Bag Brigade began during a lunch between Godfrey and Lt. Col. James Lester, the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys deputy garrison chaplain.

“At that lunch, I brought up what I saw happening in quarantine and if there was something that we could do about it, and Chaplain Lester said to ‘make it happen,’” said Godfrey. “He came alongside and we just made it happen. We initially ordered enough to make 2,000 bags and it came together very quickly. He has been ramrodding this support for us all the way.”

Showing their love, care for and the welcoming of quarantined Soldiers is a priority for the volunteers at the Bag Brigade, who hope to spread feelings of goodwill and acceptance to those currently isolated.

“It’s hard enough trying to figure out everything when you get here and now with COVID-19, you have to be quarantined,” said Chris Jolin, a volunteer and the director of the Humphreys Hospitality House, a ministerial organization serving the Humphreys area. “In some ways, you feel stuck and out of touch and you’re not able to get into a rhythm. I can’t think of a better way to love other people than to donate, give, be generous and show them that they matter, that we see you and that we care. You’re important to us and you’re important to this post, so we want to show you some love when you first get here.”

Soldiers, families, religious organizations and other community members comprised the group of volunteers, demonstrating the widespread community that defines Humphreys.

“I see tons of chapels represented here and people outside of the chapels, who just want to give back and to volunteer,” said Jolin. “It’s just great to see people’s generous hearts and it always blows your mind when you see so many people come together, on a Saturday morning, to show love to people they don’t know and who are strangers.”

Although the majority of the funding for the welcome bags came from collaboration with the Religious Support Office, many others also donated their own money towards purchasing items for quarantined Soldiers.

“I had one volunteer spend hundreds of dollars in snacks each time we made bags,” said Godfrey. “Others wanted to give me money directly, and I’m not allowed to do that… I had them send me a note to my email and I forwarded this to the resource chaplain who made sure that those funds were put directly toward the unaccompanied and single Soldiers.”

“This specific volunteering is all about the energy,” added Godfrey. “It is so addictive to work with such a great group of people who you don’t even have to tell them what to do, they just do it and it goes a really long way.”

Information and announcements about future Bag Brigade volunteer opportunities can be found on the Humphreys Quarantine Support Facebook page, found at facebook.com/groups/574088616854101, the overarching volunteer support page for those in quarantine.