On behalf of the 324th Signal Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, at Fort Gordon, I would like to thank Jack Kenney, St. Mark United Methodist Church, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, The Quest Church, the YMCA and all the generous individuals and businesses that provided donations.
As we approach the one-year mark of an 18-month deployment, we are tired and weary, and in need of events such as Operation Augusta Cares. The children are especially missing their dads and moms, and having an event just for them made their day special and was an enormous boost to them. We enjoyed a day of carnival games and prizes; inflatables; snow cones; cotton candy; grilled hamburgers and hot dogs; live music from Jamie Wolfgram, Jason Vital and others; plus a DJ, door prizes and swimming at the water park.
Thank you to the many volunteers for all their work and effort put into the event. They showed support to those of us with soldiers fighting daily for our freedom, and we appreciate you.
As a side note, I was disappointed, but not surprised, to see that The Augusta Chronicle was not present to document the event. Chronicle staff didn't seem to be present when 252 soldiers left Fort Gordon for the Middle East, either.
Kim Buckalew, Augusta