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Red Cross Supports Military and Families at Deployment Ceremony in N.C.
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Leslie A. Smith
 
April 15, 2009
When the North Carolina National Guard asked the Red Cross for help in feeding family members of soldiers at a deployment ceremony, the Red Cross offered a lending hand. Working with the National Guard and several donors, the Red Cross fed approximately 5,000 troops from the North Carolina National Guard and approx. 12,000 of their family members. Claire Sale/American Red Cross
When the North Carolina National Guard asked the Red Cross for help in feeding family members of soldiers at a deployment ceremony, the Red Cross offered a lending hand. Working with the National Guard and several donors, the Red Cross fed approximately 5,000 troops from the North Carolina National Guard and approx. 12,000 of their family members.

Drew Fuller took a break from his role on the television show “Army Wives” to lend a hand to the American Red Cross. Drew and his co-star Terry Serpico helped the Red Cross feed approximately 5,000 soldiers and their families at the deployment ceremony for the 30th Heavy Combat Brigade of the North Carolina National Guard in Fayetteville, NC. Claire Sale/American Red Cross
Drew Fuller took a break from his role on the television show “Army Wives” to lend a hand to the American Red Cross. Drew and his co-star Terry Serpico helped the Red Cross feed approximately 5,000 soldiers and their families at the deployment ceremony for the 30th Heavy Combat Brigade of the North Carolina National Guard in Fayetteville, NC.

Terry Serpico took a break from his role on the television show “Army Wives” to lend a hand to the American Red Cross. Terry and his co-star Drew Fuller helped the Red Cross feed approximately 5,000 soldiers and their families at the deployment ceremony for the 30th Heavy Combat Brigade of the North Carolina National Guard in Fayetteville, NC. Claire Sale/American Red Cross
Terry Serpico took a break from his role on the television show “Army Wives” to lend a hand to the American Red Cross. Terry and his co-star Drew Fuller helped the Red Cross feed approximately 5,000 soldiers and their families at the deployment ceremony for the 30th Heavy Combat Brigade of the North Carolina National Guard in Fayetteville, NC.

Claire Sale/American Red Cross

The 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina’s largest National Guard unit, got to enjoy a last taste of home yesterday before leaving on their second Iraq deployment.

In a special request, the N.C. National Guard asked the Highlands Chapter of the American Red Cross to help feed troops and family members during the deployment ceremony in Fayetteville, N.C. Approximately 5,000 soldiers and another 5,000 to 10,000 family members attended the event, and hundreds of volunteers helped the Red Cross serve food donated by BAE Systems.

“All our volunteers and employees were proud to help during this community event, and we’re happy to do our part to support military families—not just during a special event like today, but every day of the year,” said Michael Russell, executive director of the Highlands Chapter of the Red Cross.

Dignitaries in attendance included North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin and U.S. Army Secretary Pete Geren.

Joining in the Red Cross effort to help those attending the deployment event were several cast members of the Lifetime show “Army Wives.” Drew Fuller and Terry Serpico play soldiers on television, but they got a real glimpse of Army life in Fayetteville.

While rain drizzled outside the Crown Center, the two actors helped the Red Cross set up and give out food and water to the soldiers and their families. Fuller and Serpico were eager to do all they could during the event, and enjoyed meeting and talking with the troops and their family members.

The Red Cross provided military personnel and their families with more than food and beverages Tuesday; families also received materials about the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces programs and services. This program helps families year round through emergency communications, financial assistance, information and referral services, counseling and other programs.

“Long after the troops have deployed, the Red Cross will be there for the families that are left on the home front,” said Sherri Brown, senior vice president of Service to the Armed Forces. “As the military and their families deal with the demands of two wars, we are committed to continuing our long history of dedicated service to those that have served our country.”

The Red Cross has supported the U.S. Armed Forces for more than a century. Although many military families live far from military installations and the services they offer, few are far from a Red Cross chapter. The Red Cross is present in over 700 local chapters and more than 100 military installations, and is dedicated to helping U.S. service members, veterans and their families around the world.

See more photos from the Fayetteville ceremony.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.



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