Salutes & Awards

October 4, 2013

SOCAL eighth grader collects school supplies for Lewis Elementary

Adam Wolf, center, is all smiles while holding donations he brought to Fort Irwin for Lewis Elementary School, Sept. 22. Fort Irwin U.S. Army Garrison Commander Col. Jon Braga, right, his son, Command Sgt. Maj. Dale Perez, and teachers Jessica Grace and Toni Chastain, were on hand to accept the items.

When 14 year old Adam Wolf read on Facebook that the Lewis Elementary School at Fort Irwin had been flooded and that the kids in kindergarten through the second grade had lost most of their school supplies he immediately decided to do something about it.

Through social media requests to friends and family and with a little help from his mom, Ali, he collected a van load of supplies and personally delivered the goods to Fort Irwin.

“We basically put a box on our front porch and said we needed supplies for these kids,” said Ali Wolf.

Neighbors donated items. Family and friends sent items from as far away as Seattle for the cause.

“Adam feels so connected to Fort Irwin since his first visit here in May,” Wolf said.

This act of kindness is especially heartwarming since Adam suffers from Cerebral Palsy and has been wheelchair bound his entire life. His first visit to Fort Irwin came about through the “Make-A-Wish” Foundation.

Adam has always had an obsession with joining the Army, so he wished for a visit to an Army base. Fort Irwin was the closest to his home in Irvine, Calif., and this is where all his dreams came true for one day.

He got to wear an Army uniform, sit in tactical vehicles, eat lunch in a mess hall and he was promoted to command sergeant major by the National Training Center Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Ted Martin.

Asked what he likes most about Fort Irwin, Adam remarked, “Everything.”

Adam keeps informed about life on the installation through Facebook and that is where he learned about the flash flood that closed Lewis Elementary in late August.

Lewis Elementary teachers, Jessica Grace and Toni Chastain, accepted the school supplies from Adam and his mom.

“This is an amazing act of selflessness,” said Chastain, second grade teacher. “This young man found out about what happened and took it upon himself to bring this gift to our school.”

“Adam has a big heart and he is aware of what is happening around him, taking care of others and giving back,” said Grace, who teaches kindergarten.

Before leaving, Adam presented Col. Jon Braga, Fort Irwin garrison commander, with a photo book highlighting his previous visit.

Adam’s mother commented that the Army and Fort Irwin are never far from his thoughts.

“He has wanted to come back every day since that last visit in May,” she said.




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