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    Posted August 12, 2014 by
    Colorado Springs, Colorado

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    BOSS Soldiers help feed hungry

    COLORADO SPRINGS -- Seven Soldiers arrived at the Marian House Soup Kitchen in Colorado Springs early in the morning of July 30, to volunteer their time serving the less fortunate.

    Soldiers from 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, and Fort Carson Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program volunteered at the soup kitchen. They were asked what job they would like to do for the day and separated to do their tasks with other volunteers from the Front Range community.

    "I chose to serve food on the serving line in the soup kitchen," said Sgt. Megan McInnis, battle systems operator and orderly room noncommissioned officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th CAB. "I loved interacting with other volunteers and the people coming through the food line. It's a very humbling experience, and I thrive on helping as much I can."

    Spc. Georgina Redman, BOSS coordinator and information technology specialist, 10th Combat Support Hospital, values the time that the Soldiers volunteer and tries to provide many opportunities for them to get involved with the community.

    "We try to search for volunteer events and plan them months before they happen to better prepare our volunteers to be able to participate in giving back to the community," said Redman. "We try to set up at least three opportunities a month for Soldiers to volunteer through the BOSS program."

    Pfc. Steven Womack, automated logistical specialist, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th CAB, said he also had a humbling experience and felt he was helping to make a difference.

    "It felt really good to help out the BOSS program and the community," said Womack. "After hearing some of the heartbreaking stories from the people in the soup kitchen and (them) thanking me for our help, I felt an overwhelming rush of emotions and realized that I am making a huge difference by volunteering."

    "At the end of the day, we helped feed more than 700 people," McInnis said. "We then met with the other volunteers (who) appreciated our help. All the Soldiers felt an abundant amount of accomplishment and euphoria from volunteering."
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