Community organizations send their thanks!
By Maj. Katherine Cherolis, Public Affairs
/ Published February 08, 2013
Swanton, Ohio -- Part of the 180th Fighter Wing mission is to be good stewards in our communities. The 180th continues to show how committed they are to their communities, with contributions to the Seagate Food Bank and a partnership with the American in Red Cross.
In 2012, 180th members donated 4,917 pounds of food, as well as, $6,909.50, to the Seagate Food Bank of Northwest Ohio. The money was used to purchase fresh
veggies, meats and dairy at discount prices. All the food collected and purchased was distributed through their partner network at no cost. It is the biggest collection year on record.
In a thank you letter from Seagate, Deborah A. Vas, Executive Director of the Seagate Food Bank of NW Ohio, said, Seagate can't change the world, but I am proud to say we make a small difference in our community. That "difference" would not be attainable without the generosity and compassion of the 180th Fighter Wing.
"Toledo Seagate Food Bank appreciates and commends the 180th Fighter Wing on keeping our Country safe and also their care and compassion for our local community,"
Master Sgt. Dave Harrison, a member of the Communications Flight, who helps collected money and food donations at the gate, is completely astonished at the generosity of the 180th members. "Being a part of this collection and being able to see how much we truly contribute back to the community and how giving the 180th folks are makes me even more proud to say I am a member."
Members not only donated food and money but also their blood. The 180th host three blood drives each year on base. Since 2009, 310 members have contributed 1,149 units of blood to the American Red Cross.
"The partnership between the Red Cross and the 180th is one that has become very solid over the years. When the 180th commits to doing a blood drive, we know that
drive will do well and we can be sure those units will be there for hospital patients the next day," said Kerri Rochelle, American Red Cross Senior Donor Recruitment Representative.
Each year 180th members continue to set the bar higher with their commitment to the surrounding communities. Members show that their core values of integrity in all we do, service before self and excellence in all we, not only applies to the ANG, but to those outside of the Guard.