As part of the 2012 Community Care Day Initiative to Support Our Troops, KRA’s Camden, New Jersey office collaborated with its Community Work Experience Program (CWEP) partners to demonstrate appreciation and support for local troops in Fort Dix, New Jersey. The goal of the campaign was to provide support, either by donating time, money, and/or items, from a list supplied by Ms. “MJ” Flammer, Center Operating Manager, USO of Southern New Jersey. Recently, more than $500 and 300 items were turned over to Flammer, who delivered the gifts to the soldiers at Fort Dix.
According to Anita Davis, KRA Program Manager, “The Camden team fought long and hard to get patrons to donate and assist in our cause, and the troops were grateful for the help when they found items such as toys, snacks, and toiletries that were delivered to them. One military officer, John Copper, stated ‘It’s times like the holidays where we’re away from our family members and loved ones that we appreciate these gifts the most. It shows that what we do for this great nation doesn’t go unnoticed’.”
Camilia Quinones, KRA Intake and Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist, added, “I called and reached out to all of the CWEP Supervisors who donated in a major way! We are so grateful for their support. And, we don’t see this as the ‘end’ of our campaign; KRA Camden looks forward to participating in many more opportunities to give back to our troops in the near future. It was a very successful project, and it felt amazing accomplishing the goal.”
The picture below features KRA/Camden staff members Indiya Frazier, Career Agent; Georgia Ranton, Program Assistant; and Ebony Mosley, Career Agent, in the first row, and Anita Davis, Program Manager; David Bell, Case Management Team Lead; Christel Aviles, Youth Instructor; Camilia Quinones, Intake & QA Specialist; and David Smith, Job Developer, in the second row.