Dayley’s Update …
Col. Brant V. Dayley,
Hello, Team Bliss!
It’s been another great week, and we look forward to doing some great things in the community this coming week honoring those who serve and support us.
Some of you had the opportunity to see the president of the United States speak Friday at East Fort Bliss – an exciting time for us all. On his third trip to Fort Bliss, President Obama spoke about the war in Afghanistan, the challenges of troops’ return home from deployments and veterans benefits.
During this latest visit, he pledged for a responsible drawdown of troops and to work to preserve every effort our troops have put into resolving the conflict over there. As we still have troops gearing up to leave here for deployments in the near future, we always want to remember them and encourage them in their time away from home and loved ones. Let’s be sure to keep those care packages flowing and be a positive motivating force in our Army. Caring for our own is always a priority – not just when you’re away but when you’re home too.
Today is the day of the Fort Bliss Day of Service Community Baby Shower. We are collecting items for babies and young children to help stock the Junior Enlisted Family Center and other El Paso community nonprofit agencies. If that’s not enough to motivate you, participants will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate. Suggested items are diapers, baby wipes, baby food, diaper rash cream, lotions and skin protectants, infant formula (all types), bottles, pacifiers, bottle brushes, Q-tips, bibs, Onesies, and blankets.
The baby shower event will be at Army Community Service, 2494 Ricker Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Let’s come together as a community to make this drive a success.
Other activities going on for Fort Bliss Day of Service are the Adult Protective Services’ Operation Clean Sweep Project, to clean up elderly peoples’ yards; the Armed Services YMCA/Junior Enlisted Family Center reopening, where volunteers will help decorate the new facility; a blanket drive; and a lower valley housing project.
For those animal lovers out there, the Humane Society of El Paso has two projects going on today. One is the creation of a dog playground and the other is an endeavor in kennel building to increase their capacity for rescue dogs and on pet adoption days.
Still other things our volunteers are doing are helping rebuild the playground at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic School, rebuilding the house of a low-income family, painting and cleanup projects throughout the city.
The Day of Service is in honor of the heroes of the 9/11 tragedy 11 years ago. To learn more about any of these events, check out my Facebook page, “Tell it to COL D,” call the Fort Bliss Army Volunteer Corps at 569-4ACS, ext. 7, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our community is known for supporting itself with volunteer efforts and molding a positive image of the Army within our surrounding city. Good job, Team Bliss, and let’s keep showing others what right looks like.
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