By By Chloe Rodgers, Columbia Recruiting BattalionJune 30, 2011
Staff Sgt. Jeremy Frank loads packs of bottled water onto a trailer and pauses to wipe his brow. He has stopped in Fort Jackson on his way back to Morganton, N.C., before he leaves for Alabama, where he is taking loads of supplies and donations for the Alabama tornado victims.
“I’m basically raising donations for the people that need it. A lot of people are getting help but there are a lot that aren’t getting anything,” Frank said. “This is just something I feel like I need to do as a Soldier.”
Frank is taking over two weeks of un-paid personal leave from the Morganton Recruiting Station to personally collect donations and drive and deliver the supplies to Alabama in early July.
“I always say, ‘Do good to others and good comes to you,'” Frank said.
And good he is doing. Frank has tirelessly gone door-to-door in Morganton to ask neighbors and local companies for donations for the Alabama victims.
“I’m taking roughly 4,000 pounds of bottled water, 50 boxes of clothes, about 100 packs of baby wipes and baby food; some washers and dryers, some furniture ... . I’ve just been going out and asking my neighbors what they can give. It’s for a good cause, and I think these people down in Alabama need all the help they can get.”
Frank’s do-good attitude comes from a background of military service and volunteer work. Coming from a military family, Frank joined the Army in 2004. He now lives in Charlotte and works in Morganton. Frank has also worked with Camp Good Days & Special Times, a children’s camp for kids who are dealing with cancer. He works with the camp at least once a year, and has been doing so for the past eight years. Frank’s love of helping people has surpassed duty and become a personal mission - like his current mission for the Alabama victims.
“I think the Alabama victims need more help than they’re getting right now, and someone’s got to do it " and I’m glad to be that person.”
Frank is currently in Morganton until he leaves for Alabama July 6. He is still asking for donations. Individuals in the Morgantown area who would like to donate items to Alabama tornado victims, can call Frank at (877) 267-8956. All donations are appreciated.