November 28, 2006
'Tis the season when it seems everyone takes an extra minute show they care more often than before. Over at the Fork Union Military Academy, cadets say caring is just part of the daily routine.
The cadets cared a whole lot over the past two months, and now are able to feed several starving families.
The Fork Union Military Academy stands strong in history. Boys have been molded into men inside the gates for more than a century. Cadets there today are getting even stronger by helping others.
"We try to do everything to make our parents happy, and to make society a better place as a whole," said Lieutenant Jemere Bailey of the Bravo Company at the Fork Union Military Academy.
The whole academy collected over two tons of food in two months. The cadets moved all the cans and boxes from the academy and into a truck in just under an hour.
Whether counting hours, days, or months; all is time well spent for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network.
"It says in the bible that if you give you shall receive, so I believe that it was right. Not only in our eyes, but in the eyes of the guy upstairs also," added Lt. Bailey.
In the eyes of the cadets this was a fierce competition. One so good it brought in thousands of cans and boxes for food bank.
"We were really impressed, and again it was fierce competition," said Major Alvin Williamson.
The military academy also gave a $350 check to the food bank. Their help will provide 3,641 meals to families in need.