News: Old Guard soldiers support Feds Feed Families food drive
Story by Sgt. Luisito Brooks
ARLINGTON, Va. - “I am proud we were able to contribute time and effort for such a good cause,” said Sgt. David Horswell. “As a parent, it is hard to think about children all over this country that go to school and go to sleep hungry.”
Soldiers assigned to the 529th Regimental Support Company [RCS], 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), traveled around the national capital region Aug. 29 collecting food in support of the Feds Feed Families food drive.
The annual food drive gathers non-perishable food and supplies throughout the summer months from different government agencies and delivers it to families in need across America.
Since 2009, this food drive has raised more than 15.5 million pounds of food, and with the help from a few soldiers, they hope to add to that number.
529th RSC motor transport operators, Horswell, Sgt. Jared Lynch, Pfc. Glen Cosey, Pvt. Jermaine Simms, Pvt. Tyler Conners and Pvt. Tyshawn Williams, volunteered to help with the food drive.
The six soldiers split into three teams of two. Each team drove a large truck to various government buildings and collected food to transport to the National Capital Area Food Bank.
Conners said he kept the purpose of the food drive at the forefront of his mind to keep him focused throughout the day.
“It was a long day, but as we traveled around the city, I thought about the families that were going to truly benefit from this food,” said Conners. “I know how great of an impact an operation like this can have on a community. Lives are changed. People realize that we really care about their well-being.”
Conners believes that donating to those less fortunate is an obligation to everyone and not just a select few.
“Everyone can give something,” said Conners. “You can give food, money or just some time.”
Horswell agreed with Conners and said that giving doesn’t always have to be a lot nor does it have to be material.
“The choice is yours on how you can serve others, and that is the beauty of it,” said Horswell.
The soldiers loaded pallet after pallet, stopping only at the mission’s end. Altogether, they delivered more than 7,300 pounds of donated non-perishable food and supplies. Every two pounds of food will feed a family of four for an entire day.
“We just wanted to take the food immediately to the food bank so it could be given to the families,” said Horswell. “We would thank the agencies for their hard work, and then we roll to the next location. We were working hard to get the job done right.”
Horswell added how rewarding the experience was for him and the soldiers on his team.
“We all knew this was a big deal, and I hope that other soldiers will see this as an opportunity to give back,” said Horswell. “It wasn’t an easy job, but it was worth it in the end.”