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Soldiers fix up Manhattan shelter for holidays

Soldiers fix up Manhattan shelter for holidays

Source: Spc. Richard Colletta, 4th IBCT PAO

Fort Riley Post 5 December 2008


Soldiers fix up Manhattan shelter for holidays


Spc. Richard Colletta, 4th IBCT PAO


FORT RILEY, Kan. – In the spirit of the holiday season, Soldiers of Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment volunteered Nov. 24 to help the less fortunate by renovating and cleaning up the Caroline Peine Transitional Shelter, also known as the Manhattan Emergency Shelter, in Manhattan, Kan. The Soldiers rolled up their sleeves as they cleared debris from the yard, scrubbed walls, cleaned the kitchen, swept hallways and even built new shelves for the shelter. “Attack” Company Soldiers worked tirelessly throughout the day, yet there wasn’t an unhappy face among them.  Pfc. John Bustamante said he was glad to get out and help.


“A lot of these guys don’t have any other place to go and really aren’t given a lot in their life so we get to come down here and help them out,” Bustamante said. “That’s Hooah!”


The shelter has facilities to hold about 47 people. It consists of a men’s dorm, women’s dorm, Family dorms and special rooms for the handicapped. Jeni Hart, a case manager at the shelter was all smiles at the sight of 85 Attack Company Soldiers cleaning the shelter. “This is the greatest work day ever in my life. I love it,” she said.


Becca Simmons, a volunteer and donation coordinator for the shelter, also was excited about the help the shelter received. “It’s pretty amazing,” Simmons said. “Even though the Soldiers were busy, they were able to come down and help out the shelter.”

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