Friday, December 18, 2009

Soldiers unpack sacks for homeless

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 12:06 PM

More than 200 Fort Carson soldiers unloaded backpacks full of clothes and supplies — many of which came from their own families — for Colorado Springs' homeless people this morning, according to Rochelle Blaschke Schlortt, Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs' director of communications.

Schlortt says the soldiers, organized by Lt. Col. Brandon Newton, marched from Dorchester Park to Marian House Soup Kitchen early this morning to drop off all kinds of stuff: "coats and blankets and sleeping bags and food ... some little toys for kids." People who had already begun lining up for lunch at the Catholic Charities facility were invited to go through the piles and take what they needed.

"I'm not exactly sure how all this came about," Schlortt says, but to her understanding, many of the soldiers had only recently transferred here from Fort Hood. They worked with the Colorado Springs Police Department's HOT team to organize this morning's effort.

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