Boone National Guard Center gives thanks to the community
Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky National Guard Family Programs hosted their annual Thanksgiving food drive at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Nov. 17.
As BNGC staff and employees drove into work, they handed off donations at the front gate. Family Programs staff members were able to fill three truckloads of perishable items, weighing more than 2000 pounds. They also collected more than $700.
“This was my first year helping with the coordination of the event and to see us collect more than 2000 pounds of food in three hours for such a small installation, that is a great successful day,” said Staff Sgt. Paul Hunt, State Family Program Operation non-commissioned officer in charge.
Four local charities received the donations, including Open Hands Food Pantry, Lawrenceburg, Ky., Coalition of Committed Christians Soup Kitchen, Simon House, and Salvation Army, Frankfort, Ky.
“To have a big donation from the Kentucky National Guard makes a difference when people come in seeing over flowing shelves,” said Katie Howard, Open Hands Food Pantry volunteer.