Human Resources Command donates Thanksgiving meals

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For the seventh year in a row, the Operations Division for the Office of Personnel Manage-ment Directorate at U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox kicked
off their Turkey Bowl by giving back to the community before enjoying a game of football Nov. 17.


Lieutenant Col. Paul Krattiger, Armor Branch chief for Oper-ations Division, presented 30 food boxes containing all the
food and gift certificates needed for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to Helping Hand of Hope. The organization provides resources to Hardin County families in need of emergency assistance in the
form of food, clothing, furniture, transportation, resources to
pay for medicines,
and job readiness
and placement.

Each box contains enough vegetables, boxes of stuffing and instant potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, a gift card for a turkey and ham and dessert to feed a family of six.

Colonel James Lock, chief of Operations Division, said outreach efforts like these are based on one of the Army’s core leadership values – selfless service.

“I think it reinforces the fact of giving thanks on Thanksgiving and being thankful for all the things that we’re blessed with that other folks aren’t and recognizing that there’s
a lot of folks out there that aren’t as lucky and blessed as we
are,” Lock said. “To be able to give back, particularly around the season, is very important.”

For two weeks, the division’s different branches collected food and donations for the gift cards as well as helping to prepare the boxes for delivery.

Some of those receiving the food boxes this year will be Fort Knox Soldiers and Families.

Bobby Atwell, deputy chief for Operations Division, said this is a particularly big deal.

“This is 30 Families who will get help over the holidays,” Atwell said. “You can tell
from the look of joy on the faces of the Soldiers and civilians who took the time and money to make all this possible — when they see all those baskets out on the tables — that they enjoy doing this.”

Leaders designed the Turkey Bowl to also be a resiliency and team building event.

After the presentation of food boxes, Soldiers and civilians enjoyed a tailgate style potluck lunch together, announced hails and farewells, recognized birthdays and anniversaries, presented awards, and played a game of flag and regular football.

“It’s amazing the amount of camaraderie and esprit de corps we enjoy in our office, and it’s because of events like this. It increases morale, teamwork and cohesion,” Lock said.

The division participates in several other community outreach projects throughout the year, including working with Creekside Elementary School in Sonora, Kentucky.

Angelia Sutton, liaison for community outreach, said the office is currently collecting clothes and winter coats for students at the school and is getting ready to begin their annual angel tree program.

Sutton said the office’s contributions to the school have made an enormous impact on the students, staff and local community.

“We’ve not only donated school supplies, hygiene products, food, and winter coats, but we also donate our time,” Sutton said. “Throughout the school year, we participate in numerous programs at the school that help educate and encourage children to become
better readers, teach the importance of being drug and alcohol free, how to maintain good healthy habits and good hygiene and educate and open
their eyes to hundreds of different job fields and opportunities available to them through continuing education.”

Operations Division also participates in the annual holiday Shop with a Cop program with local police departments and the Hardin County Sherriff’s office. Volunteers from the division pair up with students at Creekside and shop for clothing, shoes and a toy with money raised by the Fraternal Order of Police.

“Our folks are proud to be a part of this organization,” Lock said. “They care about what they do and take a lot of pride in their work.”