Clark Howard, SDF and community partners help Georgia’s foster children
Image by Georgia National Guard
MARIETTA, Ga., Dec. 9, 2012 – Members of the Georgia State Defense Force and the Georgia National Guard volunteered this weekend to gather toy donations for Georgia’s foster children. The event was in support of the 22nd annual “Clark’s Christmas Kids” campaign, hosted by Atlanta radio and television personality Clark Howard.
Every year, “Christmas Kids” partners with the Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) to provide gifts for foster children across Georgia. As a member of the Georgia State Defense Force himself, Capt. Clark Howard encourages other service members to participate in running the toy drive.
“This is the sort of thing I signed up for,” said Warrant Officer 1 Seth Stuck of the Georgia State Defense Force Public Affairs Office. “Beyond the fact that this charity reminds us of the true spirit of the season, this event was special to me, personally, because I joined the SDF to help those in need here in Georgia. What made it even more special was to have my wife and sister-in-law here to share the experience. By far, this is the most fun I’ve had in months.”
Gretchen Buzzell of Marietta was driving that morning when one foster child’s story brought her to tears.
“I have four grandkids who always get the world for Christmas, so when I heard on the radio about a child who was simply asking for a box of crayons it broke my heart,” said Buzzell. “I had to come over right away to donate. When I did I was just overwhelmed by the magnitude of the giving here today.”
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Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Roy Henry, Public Affairs Office, Georgia Department of Defense