A few nice Homemade Gifts images I found:
U.S. Army photos by Rakendra Moore
CAMP HUMPHREYS — “Rain, sleet, or snow, Earth Day is a go,” said Onsemus Smith, Chief of the Pollution Prevention and Compliance Branch of the United States Army Garrison Department of Public Works’ Environmental Division.
Indeed, despite the rain and cold, the Earth Day Celebration went ahead as scheduled, April 21, at Transformation Park and it was well-received by the attendees.
“I think it’s pretty cool,” said Pfc. Aaron Boutin. “It looks like everybody is having fun, even though it’s raining.”
“It’s good, because I’m here with my family and my friend and I got a lot of prizes,” added Daniel Ward, age 9.
The event started at 10 a.m. and was scheduled to last until 2 p.m. However, the weather created a different outcome. But there was still plenty of activity despite the truncated time frame. There were prizes awarded for homemade crafts created out of recycled material, clay leaf projects, trivia games, arts and crafts, and free food. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service donated gift certificates for photo contest winners.
The event was a partnership between Outdoor Recreation and DPW Environmental, and there were also volunteers from USO, the Boy Scouts, and the Girl Scouts.
“I think it’s neat that the kids get an opportunity to learn how to better the environment,” said Spc. Randall Shaver.
“I’m proud of our Girl Scouts and we prepared them on how to reduce, re-use, and recycle,” added Summer Young.
“We want the community to know what we’re doing as an installation to be good stewards of the environment,” Smith said.
When asked what Earth Day was all about to her, Victoria Caldwell said, “Being able to give back to the community and help preserve Earth for future generations.”
Private First Class Kevin Wade may have summed it up best when he said, “It’s cold, it’s wet, but a lot of people showed up. The outcome was bigger than I thought.”
Beach Party Surprise!
Image by The Pointe at Kilpatrick
The residents walked into a big surprise recently when they arrived for their Meal of the Month for July. The Meal of the Month is a special meal where the residents choose a theme and help decide on the menu. For July, they wanted a Beach Party. However, Program Director, Angie Garbaczewski had an idea of her own… she wanted to give them a high end beach party with Surf and Turf. The day’s menu simply read “Surprise Buffet”. When the residents lined up, they quickly realized what the surprise was:
Twice Baked Potatoes
The residents were thrilled and word quickly spread, reaching those residents who eat later. ‘It was great to see the look on their faces as we plated up their streak and lobster.” Says Garbaczewski, “…they couldn’t believe it.” One resident was thrilled and admitted that this was the first time she was able to try lobster. She loved it!! Once the meal was finished, the residents enjoyed a parfait topped with homemade “ocean blue” whipped cream and Swedish Fish candies. The majority of the residents made a point to compliment the chefs and kitchen staff on the delicious meal as they left.
Shortly after lunch, the residents returned to the dining room to watch Steve Lydell perform, along with Trisha. Lydell, decked out in a Hawaiian shirt and straw hat, created a show, full of beach and summer music. He also passed out the lyrics to all of the songs so that the residents could sing along. Trisha got some of the crowd up and dancing and even brought beach balls that the residents batted back and forth. At the end of the show, Life Enrichment Coordinator, Joyce Rinkevicius, raffled off a wonderful gift basket filled with items to make delicious ice cream treats. Everyone left with smiles on their faces and were still talking about the meal/show throughout the day.