By Suzanne Nagel, FORSCOM Public AffairsDecember 16, 2011
FAYETTEVIILLE, N.C. (December 16, 2011) -- The U.S. Army Forces Command logistics directorate (G4) at Fort Bragg got into the giving spirit Friday, donating items for more than 50 needy children through Cumberland County (N.C.) Department of Social Services.
"Christmas is a time for giving," said Maj. Yolanda Fergerson, organizer of the FORSCOM logistics team's gift collection. "It's not about recognition. It's about being able to do something for the kids. Sometimes we don't really know how hard people have it because we have so many opportunities."
Brig. Gen. John R. O'Connor, FORSCOM Deputy Chief of Staff, G4, officially presented the gifts to Sandra Robinson and Melvin Roach from Social Services.
Robinson, a foster care and adoption social worker, said more than 600 children are currently under the department's care, mostly in foster homes throughout the county and on Fort Bragg. "They are displaced. They are living with other families because they've been removed from their houses due to some sort of abuse or neglect," said Robinson.
Because most are placed with foster families, she said, they tend to be overlooked when it comes to the holidays. "This gives me the opportunity to let other members of the community know that there are children out there that need love, attention and resources that all children need. They just happen to be in an unfortunate situation."
She noted that some of the children come from military families and also that military families have also volunteered to serve as foster parents.
The logistics directorate also has experience with charitable work. Before relocating to Fort Bragg as part of the Base Realignment and Closure, the organization partnered with an impoverished elementary school near Fort McPherson, Ga., Fergerson said.
Giving back, she said, is what being part of the community is all about. "The G4 wants to continue to provide assistance and partnering opportunities in the community," she said.
Fergerson said she hopes to continue partnering with Social Services to provide ongoing support, and collecting even more gifts next year.
The logistics directorate is responsible for equipping and sustaining Army forces to meet the requirements of combatant commanders for current and future operations.
During the holidays and all-year-long, Social Services calls upon community members to help. "We need the resources. We're trying to make the season a little brighter for children who won't have the luxury of being with their parents," Robinson said.
Throughout the year, Robinson solicits support in collecting school supplies and toiletries, too.
If you would like to help Cumberland County's efforts by becoming a foster parent or making a donation, contact Robinson at (910) 677-2541 or email her at SandraRobinson@ccdssnc.com.