Troops donate money for orphanages
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — The servicemembers attending five chapels on camps Casey and Hovey gave two Dongducheon orphanages a financial boost last month.
The My Home and Ae-Shin orphanages received a combined $2,633. The orphanages will use the money for food and warm clothing during the remaining winter months, Maj. Joey Byrd, chaplain for the 2nd Infantry Division 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, said on Thursday.
The money came from servicemembers and their families’ designated offerings over two Sundays at each of the chapels on the camps, Byrd said.
“We’re very proud of those designated contributions,” Byrd said. “They come from the hearts and minds of U.S. Army soldiers and their families.”
Each orphanage houses about 50 children, ranging from early elementary to high school students, Byrd said.
Soldiers from several of the area’s battalions have been helping the two orphanages for several years, Byrd said.
Soldiers also helped children at the two orphanages on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, donating money and food while also playing with the children. Troops also helped repair one of the orphanage buildings, Byrd said.
“I’ve been so impressed with these children … how well behaved they were, how much they appreciate the soldiers coming there and how everyone enjoys those visits,” the chaplain said.