Thanks to the hard work from local community members, Army Emergency Relief at Fort Detrick will be able to help more Soldiers and their families. On Oct. 17 members of the Maryland Knights of Pythias and Pythian Sisters, met with Maj. Gen. Brian C. Lein, commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick to donate $30,000 towards the fund.
Each year the Maryland Knights of Pythias and Pythian Sisters select a program and hold multiple fundraising events throughout the year. This year, AER was selected at the suggestion of Rosemary Northcraft.
“30 years ago my father in-law was killed in a furnace explosion at home. He was
retired Army. Army Emergency Relief stepped right in and supported the family from the beginning and provided so much. Since then this program has been dear to my heart,” said Northcraft.
The so called money lady of the group, Joyce Dilks kept pushing on with fundraisers and had high hopes.
“Joyce kept moving up the dollar amount of donations after we would reach our goal amount”, said Hilda May Resh. “Our goal initially was $20,000, today we donated $30,000.”
Maj. Gen Lein, thanked the group for their tremendous work and incredible support of our Soldiers. He spoke to them on the importance of the program and said AER is an Army program that allows Soldiers to help Soldiers.
For more information on the AER at Fort Detrick visit http://detrick.armymwr.com/us/detrick/programs/army/