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Area Soldiers Donate Time, Effort

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Some area soldiers woke up bright and early Saturday morning to lend a local organization a helping hand.

17 Fort Rucker soldiers donated their Saturday morning to help girls incorporated.

That's located on South Oates Street here in Dothan.

The men and women who volunteered say this is why they joined the military.

It's an opportunity to do some good in the community.

With smile and a little Christmas cheer, some Fort Rucker soldiers picked up a paint brush and got to work.

“We came down to help out Girls Inc,” said Warrant Officer Seth Dibble.

“We've got some Fort Rucker soldiers doing some various projects around the center painting, carpet cleaning, and moving some furniture for us,” said Jaime Lewis, Executive Director of Girls Incorporated.

The soldiers say they don't mind donating their time for a good cause.

“We joined to support our nation and it's kind of nice to do some support locally within the community,” said Warrant Officer Jonas Courneya.

“Sometimes people are like ‘ugh it's Saturday you know I’d rather be doing something else’ but I don't think so, I think everybody's happy to be here today,” added Dibble.

Girls Incorporated runs after school and summer programs for girls, pre-k through 8th grade.

Lewis says the fact that these volunteers are soldiers is an added bonus.

“It's great to meet people who actually serve our country and it's really neat to work alongside them and see all the great things they do,”

“Of course we're always looking for volunteers but this just seemed like a project that would actually benefit a lot of people and would mean a lot to the girls knowing that the troops came in and painted their center and made it nice and bright again,”

It also gives the servicemen and women a chance to hang out, off base.

“We're all pretty good friends so more time we get to spend together it's not bad at all. We don't have to be in uniform we're just kind of here relaxing, joking around, it's not a real uptight environment,” said Courneya.

They say this is what being in the Army, is all about.

“I wouldn't have joined the army if I couldn’t feel good about helping people out that's kind of why I’m here. Of course I fly helicopters so that's a lot of fun,” joked Dibble.

The plan was to put the soldiers to work outside doing yard work and such.

But Mother Nature spoiled those plans.

Because of the cold, wet weather, they found plenty of chores to accomplish inside.

Girls Incorporated always needs volunteers so if you'd like more information on how you can help out, just visit their website at www.girlsincdothan.org.


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