#CAPCaresRI Campaign Yields Successful Food Donation Drive
Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Amy Hurst
Cadet Public Affairs NCO
Rhode Island Wing
The Rhode Island Wing hasn’t allowed the COVID-19 pandemic to slow down its mission of community service, as shown by the wing’s food drive throughout October and November as part of its #CAPCaresRI initiative.
#CAPCaresRI, begun this year by Col. William Stranahan, wing commander, is designed to align the wing to serve local needs during the pandemic. Throughout the summer and fall, wing members participated in a blood drive as the first #CAPCaresRI project.
In mid-October, the focus shifted from collecting blood to gathering nonperishable food items.
Wrapping up collections just before Thanksgiving, the wing donated more than 1,000 items, led by the Westerly Composite Squadron’s 372 items. Donations were delivered to food pantries throughout the state, including the Rhode Island Food Bank, the Blackstone Valley Community Action Program food bank in Pawtucket, Project Hand Up in West Warwick, and the Barrington Tap-In.
Stranahan praised members; efforts: “Despite the pandemic, our team continues to serve the great people of the state of Rhode Island. I am proud to serve on this great team of professionals – a team that puts the needs of the community above their own.”