By Capt. Gina K Goris, 2HBCT Public AffairsSeptember 30, 2011
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Soldiers and their Family Members from Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, reached out to the homeless by distributing clothing and food during the Savannah Outreach for the Homeless at Forsyth Park, Sept. 25.
"The event was a collective effort, not only from the Soldiers of HHT but also their Families," said Sgt. First Class Anthony Medina, HHT, 3-7 Cavalry. Soldiers had a clothing drive for three weeks prior to the event, where they collected clothes and hygiene items from Soldiers and Family members within the Squadron.
On Sunday morning, Soldiers and their Family Members were able to provide clothing for men, women, and children. They also made dessert for over 250 local area volunteers while they lent a helping hand.
"This is an ongoing effort by some churches in the Savannah area and we thought it would be a good way to assist and connect with the community and live the army value of selfless service," said squadron executive officer Maj. Billy Meredith.
"Even though the rain fell on Sunday, it didn't put a damper on the good service and good will of everyone involved," said Sgt. First Class Medina. "The Soldiers of Havoc Troop stepped up and put their warrior ethos to work placing the mission first and never accepting defeat."
"Many of the Soldiers joked about how their military training with connex packing and working in extreme conditions came in handy," said Sgt. First Class Medina. "One of the volunteers laughed and told me that this must be easy compared to what we have to go through as Soldiers," he added Sergeant Medina concluded, "We had a great time and were able to see how the skills [we] acquire in the Army could pay off in everyday life."