Local

June 14, 2013

Luke community rallies to help Oklahoma victims

Uniforms line an entire wall at the Airman’s Attic May 30 at Luke Air Force Base. The Luke chapter of the Green Knights MMC joined forces with Airman’s Attic staff to donate nearly a thousand pounds of uniforms to Airmen assigned to Tinker AFB, Okla.

The Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club and 56th Fighter Wing Chapel staff rallied their members to gather donations for victims of the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma.

The Luke Air Force Base chapter of the Green Knights MMC joined forces with Airman’s Attic staff to donate nearly a thousand pounds of uniforms to Airmen assigned to Tinker AFB, Okla.

“It started when Shane Buss, the Green Knights international membership representative in Texas, posted a Facebook message rallying Green Knights members to donate to Tinker Airmen affected by the tornadoes,” said Master Sgt. David Addison, 607th Air Control Squadron plans and programs manager.

Addison, a Green Knights member, made a few calls that same day including one to the Airman’s Attic asking for uniform donations.

“I got in touch with Katrina Garza, the Airman’s Attic office manager, and she said she was delighted to help out,” he said. Garza also told Addison he could take all the uniforms in their stock since they receive uniform donations daily.

The uniforms were the bulk of the Green Knights’ donation, but Addison didn’t stop there. He made a call to another organization.

Green Knights members fold uniforms June 6 for delivery to Oklahoma tornado victims. Nearly a thousand pounds of uniforms plus 30 care packages filled with toiletries and food were donated.

“We also got in touch with Packages From Home, an organization that sends care packages to our deployed military members,” he said. The organization donated more than 30 packages filled with toiletries, canned goods and food.

Base chapel staff inspired parishioners to make a monetary donation to help Oklahoma citizens. A portion of the funds raised came from children attending vacation bible school June 4 to 7.

“We like to have a special mission offering every year at VBS,” said Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns, 56th FW deputy wing chaplain. “This year I wanted something close to home, something the kids might have seen on the news.”

Gathering donations for the residents of Oklahoma was a clear choice for VBS students, but Barns wanted to add a challenge to the activity.

“We chose to make this year’s special mission offering for Oklahoma City because we wanted to explain to the kids the importance of helping our fellow man, but we also decided to have a competition between the boys and girls to make it fun for them,” he said. “Every night during VBS, we placed an emphasis on why we were doing the special offering.”

Volunteers load a trailer with boxes of donations to go to tornado victims assigned to Tinker AFB, Okla.

During a celebration party marking the end of VBS, Barns announced to children and parents that VBS students raised $813.14 in four days.

“I told the kids a story from the Bible about how God multiplies what we give,” the chaplain said. “The little that each child and family gave had a huge impact when combined with the gifts of others. The amount raised was the result of each one giving with joy and with a purpose.”

Luke Airmen expressed pride in what the community accomplished when they came together for a common purpose.

“It takes a community to help in any humanitarian effort,” Addison said. “If we all work together toward something greater, we can accomplish miracles. What gives people hope is seeing the response from the community especially the military community.”
 

Uniforms line an entire wall at the Airman’s Attic May 30 at Luke Air Force Base. The Luke chapter of the Green Knights MMC joined forces with Airman’s Attic staff to donate nearly a thousand pounds of uniforms to Airmen assigned to Tinker AFB, Okla.

 

Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns, 56th Fighter Wing deputy wing chaplain, displays a check with the help of vacation bible school students inside the base chapel June 7. The check represents the $813.14 raised by VBS students to benefit tornado victims in the Oklahoma City area.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs September 19, 2014

CFC kick-off The 56th Fighter Wing Combined Federal Campaign kick-off charity fair is 9 a.m. Monday in Bldg. 1130 auditorium. Learn about the 2014 campaign ‘Serving Our Country. Supporting Our Community.’ and visit with local charities. For more information, call Maj. Jennifer Preyer-Bonton at 623-856-7144. Hispanic Heritage Month National Hispanic Heritage Month began Monday and...
 
 

Justice Report

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in August: 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial • A senior airman was court-martialed for wrongful use of oxycodone and wrongful distribution of oxycodone. The member received a reduction in rank to airman basic and three months hard labor without confinement. Articles 15...
 
 
DT_JTC0249-CROPPED

Supreme allied commander comes home

Luke Air Force Base leaders salute Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO supreme allied commander, Europe and the commander of U.S. European Command, as the aircraft taxis in Sept. 11 at the red carpet. During his visit, Breedlove was br...
 

 
Dollysteamboat2

Canyon Lake Cruising

  89 years of tradition Canyon Lake is nestled in the heart of the Superstition Mountains and is the home of the Dolly Steamboat. Continuing a tradition of cruising since 1925, the Dolly Steamboat now cruises the secluded ...
 
 
Rain

Lakefront property …

A staff sergeant watches as water continues to flood a parking lot Monday in front the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit on Luke Air Force Base. The base experienced a two-inch rainfall causing flooding and delays around Luke.
 
 
Senior Airman 
GRACE LEE

Thunderbolts save volts

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE A solar array panel stands on a dormitory roof Sept. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. There are currently four active solar arrays on base. The solar array shown will produce hot water to the dormitory. With res...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin