Kingsolver first-grader Avery Brown hugs Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. William Fogle, who presented her with several coins in front of her class June 3 in recognition for her efforts raising funds for the 2021 Army Emergency Relief campaign.
Kingsolver first-grader Avery Brown hugs Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. William Fogle, who presented her with several coins in front of her class June 3 in recognition for her efforts raising funds for the 2021 Army Emergency Relief campaign. (Photo Credit: Jenn DeHaan, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT KNOX, Ky. – First-grade Kingsolver student Avery Brown was recognized by post leadership Thursday for her efforts in this year’s Army Emergency Relief campaign – personally raising $31 during her family’s garage sale.

Garrison Commander Col. C.J. King and Command Sgt. Maj. William Fogle attended the presentation, during which Fogle explained to Avery the importance of her donation to the military community.

“Avery, what I would like to tell you is that I approve all [the AER] loans for people that are having hard times,” said Fogle. “As a service member, I was a recipient of one of those loans when I was young, and it allowed me to take care of my family, fix my car, and overall it let me be a good father. On behalf of my family, thank you.”

Avery’s mother Jill Brown said she offered her seven-year-old the option of donating the money to an animal shelter or AER. According to Jill, Avery chose AER because her, “daddy is a Soldier, and Soldiers are who the contributions are for.”

Following the presentation, several students asked how they could help as well.

Each year, AER funds are given out in the form of zero-interest loans, grants and scholarships to Soldiers and Families in need. The latest article can be found HERE.

From last report, this year’s Fort Knox campaign is close to $50,000 short of its $139,000 goal. Donations can made online through June 15 by visiting https://www.armyemergencyrelief.org/donate/.