ATLANTA - Supporters of the Georgia National Guard are making a fundraising push to zero in on their $1 million target by year's end.
Professional athletes Tim Hudson and Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves, Brian Finneran and Keith Brooking of the Atlanta Falcons, and a platoon of corporate executives are holding a $1,000-per-person reception Nov. 14. Besides the glitzy affair, individual contributors are kicking in by check and credit cards, some with amounts as small as $10 a month.
The money for the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation goes toward assisting with the financial headaches of deployment and injuries. More than 200 members of the Guard have requested aid this year.
Included in those receiving grants are three families from Richmond County.
Some members of the Guard remain deployed in Iraq, and 150 volunteers are in New Mexico assisting the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency keeping out illegal aliens. A helicopter unit is serving in Serbia.
Grants, averaging $1,200, range from money for a daughter's funeral expenses to purchase of an auditory device for a child of a deployed soldier. One grant bought beds for children living with their grandmother while their mother was overseas.
Harriet Morgan, the foundation administrator, acknowledges that the grant amounts aren't high finance.
"For people who have nothing, that's huge," she said.
In some cases, those helped got aid after they returned from combat. One was a soldier who sustained a brain injury from a mine in Iraq and struggled to adjust because he could no longer perform his old job as a plumber.
Reach Walter Jones at (404) 589-8424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation
Address: 935. E. Confederate Ave., Bldg. 21, Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: (678) 569-6023 or (800) 229-1053