Military Matters: Soldiers Give Back To The Community


Selfless Service: it's an Army value, but it can make a difference in the lives of civilians.

Soldiers stopped by the Watertown Urban Mission recently in their downtime to show what service is all about.

When you think of the word "soldier," a picture of a person in army fatigues on the battleground might come to mind, but at the Urban Mission, soldiers in and out of uniform teamed up with volunteers to make the picture clear.

Giving back is a part of the job, so they answered the call to duty by helping set up for the "Christmas Dreams Made Possible Sale."

"I've seen it first hand for what people don't have," Spc. William Calhoun said, "and when they actually do get something it makes them brighter and happier."

These soldiers are from Alpha Company, 10th Brigade Support Battalion at Fort Drum. They were inspired to help out after returning from Afghanistan in October.

"And that's when we started to look for nonprofit organizations with which we could partner in the community and we found the Urban Mission," 1st Lt. Rachel Stuhlmiller said, "and it seemed like a match made in heaven."

To fulfill their heavenly duties, soldiers lift boxes and break out the Christmas decorations.

Soldiers say giving back just feels right.

"It makes me feel happy, because it allows me to do something for the community," Calhoun said, "makes it feel like I'm giving back to them."

"It feels great to take the opportunity to take a few minutes and be involved in the community," said Stuhlmiller.

If you want to see the fruits of their labors, you can check out the Impossible Dream Thrift Store at the Watertown Urban Mission, where Christmas dreams are made possible.
Friday, December 2, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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