Giving back to military families to say thanks

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
Story by Joseph P Cirone

Date: 11.23.2013
Posted: 11.23.2013 19:16
News ID: 117292
Giving back to military families to say thanks

WASHINGTON – Military and civilian volunteers at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) braved cold morning winds blowing across the Potomac River to help make the holiday more enjoyable for 130 military families.<br /> <br /> The 4-year-old outreach serves all five branches of the military and is spearheaded by Project Giveback, in partnership with volunteers from JBAB and the accounting firm KPMG, LLC.<br /> <br /> For 19 years, Project Giveback has provided Thanksgiving week meals to hundreds of families in the District of Columbia. This year 1,500 - 100 more than last - are being helped, but its help to military families is even more special. <br /> <br /> In 2009, Edgar Jimenez of Project Giveback and Myrna Rodriguez of KPMG, LLC agreed to partner with JBAB and provide a week’s worth of food, including a complete Thanksgiving dinner and dessert, two fish meals, two chicken meals, breakfast meals, fresh fruits, vegetables and dry goods.<br /> <br /> Jimenez, a Marine Corps veteran and Rodriguez, a military spouse, know all too well about the sacrifices of military families throughout the year and the financial challenges they face, especially during the holidays. <br /> <br /> While some 30 volunteers at JBAB moved the 130 boxes of food from a large truck to the personal vehicles of military families and Jimenez coordinated volunteers at another Project Giveback venue, Rodriguez was busy helping her husband, a member of the Army, depart for yet another overseas deployment in support of the Department of Defense’s mission and the country’s strategic goals. <br /> <br /> By giving back something that military families can use, the outreach helps minimize the sacrifices of military families and expresses the gratitude of the non-military public for their contributions to the country, Jimenez and Rodriguez agreed.