• Community contributes to hurricane relief

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  • Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
    People and organizations at Fort Leavenworth and in surrounding communities are providing relief needs in response to Hurricane Harvey.
    Harvey, a category 4 hurricane, made landfall in southest Texas late Aug. 25 causing major flooding and damage in Texas and adjacent areas.
    These efforts will proceed throughout the month of September.
    Army spouse Jenna Kennedy is still in Kansas gathering relief supplies to take to her native Texas next weekin response to Hurricane Harvey. Her husband, Sgt. Devon Kennedy, works at Headquarters and Headquarters Company with the Joint Regional Correctional Facility, 705th Military Police Battalion (Detention), and will remain at Fort Leavenworth with their three sons.
    “I’m originally from Corpus Christi, Texas,” Kennedy said. “My cousins live in Houston.”
    Kennedy, who lives on post, said some of the other Army wives in her neighborhood, along with members of her Cross Fit group, donated critically needed items like clothes, diapers and dishes for her to take to Texas. She said one little boy in her community was motivated to help and gave a bag of coins he had saved for her to give to the relief effort.
    “I’m going to join friends and family when I arrive and will work with relief groups they have already created,” Kennedy said. “Texas is home ... I need to go help.”
    Marsha Jaskowiec, director of Human Animal Bond, said the organization is a pet therapy program comprised of volunteers. She said Human Animal Bond is based out of Fort Leavenworth but serves the region.
    “We collected items for pets in need from Hurricane Harvey at our last membership meeting on Aug. 30,” Jaskowiec said. “These items will be sent by truck from the Wilson Moving Company. This was arranged by Linda McKee, one of our members.”
    Carl Tillery, director of Religious Education at Frontier Chapel, said a memorandum from the Office of the Chief of Chaplains requested all chapel worship services Army-wide collect a designated offering to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey. He said the Fort Leavenworth chapels will accept the offerings at all services on post during the weekend of Sept. 10 and will select an organization to give to in this time of need.
    Tillery said collected funds will be donated to a relief agency of the Garrison’s choice. He said the intent of the offering would enable congregations with the opportunity to support the needs of those who are suffering from catastrophic hurricane damage.
    “All chapels across the Army are participating,” Tillery said.
    The memo from the Chief of Chaplains suggested referring to the Combined Federal Campaign list of approved charity organizations to identify and contact relief agencies for designated offerings.
    Page 2 of 2 - The most recent Combined Federal Campaign charity list is online at https://cfctoday.org/content/2016-charity-lists-released-opm.
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