By Sherri Miller
Each year the Joint Medical Logistics Functional Development Center conducts several fundraisers to support the local community. JMLFDC is a melting pot of people from all branches of the military and civilian community and we all have one thing in common, a passion for helping others.
For the past several years Larry Allensworth, a retired Marine, has taken the lead to contact local charities to see what they might need to support the growing number of families that are in need of help or a place to turn when times are hard.
From the information he chooses a specific item like coats, shoes, or food and sets a goal for the organization to try and reach.. To his surprise JMLFDC has never let the charities down. Co-Workers continually approach Allensworth to ask if there is more they can do to support the charities.
"I always think I have set a goal that can't be reached and each time the staff shows me just how big their hearts are when the final numbers are tallied. We are so fortunate for the generous staff that work at JMLFDC, without them opening up their hearts and donating the various items, our goals could never be achieved," he said.
This year Allensworth set a goal for collecting 500 pairs of shoes for the Thurmont Community Clothes Closet. When the final tally was made the generosity of the JMLFDC staff was again evident.
The staff collected over 1,000 pair of new and used shoes. Over 200 pairs were either new or like new and as indicated by the Thurmont Community Clothes Closet will be used for this year's Christmas party where they will provide support to over 120 people. The rest will be used each month to support more than 70 families that rely on Thurmont Community Clothes Closet throughout the year.
Sharon Moser, Director for Thurmont Community Clothes Closet thanked everyone for their generosity and being a God's send by reaching out to meet the needs of so many people. The next scheduled fund raiser will run from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.
Allensworth said he is excited to let everyone know JMLFDC will be collecting food for one of the local food pantries. The goal is to collect over 1,500 canned goods, diapers, baby food and other non-perishables that will help those in need during the holidays.If you would like to make a donation call (301) 619-6807.