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Surviving Families benefit from DOL yard sale

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June 7, 2012 | News
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Division of Materiel employees Joseph Famble, Naomi Waters and Lisa Lopez present a check for more than $1,000 to TAPS representatives Tina Bayer-Saari and Sherri Beck Friday at DOL. The donation was generated from a yard sale Division of Materiel employees held and the funds will be used for TAPS’ July Survivors’ Seminar and Good Grief Camps. Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
Surviving Families are the latest beneficiaries of the generosity of Fort Hood Directorate of Logistics employees.

When civilian employees from Fort Hood’s Division of Materiel were looking for their next community service project, Lisa Lopez knew what organization she wanted to help.

On Friday, representatives from the office presented TAPS representatives Tina Bayer-Saari and Sherri Beck with a check for more than $1,000, money raised from a yard sale held at Comanche Chapel May 19.

The donation will go toward the TAPS survivors’ dinner at Club Hood, the kick-off event for the 2012 Fort Hood TAPS Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camps July 20-22 and other events that weekend, Saari said.

“This will go a long way toward making the event successful,” Beck said.

Lopez, a materiel identifier, suggested her coworkers raise funds to benefit Fort Hood’s Tragedy Assistance for Survivors office.

The organization helped Lopez’s children following their father’s death in 2008 and she wanted to do something in return. There was no argument from her co-workers.

“We wanted to help the community,” David Slaughter said.

Items sold at the yard sale were donated by DOL employees, Beauregard said.

“We also received some cash donations,” he added.

Volunteers from DOL received, tagged, wrapped and moved 10 pallets worth of donated items to the chapel parking lot for the sale.

“It was mostly furniture and knick-knacks,” Lopez said.

Items that did not sell were either held for the next yard sale or donated to the Fort Hood Recycle

Center.

Special projects aimed at helping the community are ongoing among the workers at the division and at Fort Hood’s Directorate of Logistics.

“In the past, we’ve done food drives and toy drives,” Mike Beauregard, Division of Materiel, said. “This spring, we donated 3,000 lbs. of food to the Killeen Care Center.”

Scott and White’s Children’s Hospital has also benefited from the employees’ civic-mindedness.

Now, they are looking toward their next project.
 
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