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Schriever youth give back in a big way

Jacob Angerman, Spencer Doran, Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander and Lisa Kosiewicz Doran, receive donations for the Kids/Teens Helping Kids Food Drive, outside the commissary, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. All food and monetary donations received go to the Ellicott Helping Hands Food Bank.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Jacob Angerman, Spencer Doran, Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander and Lisa Kosiewicz Doran, receive donations for the Kids/Teens Helping Kids Food Drive, outside the commissary, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. All food and monetary donations received go to the Ellicott Helping Hands Food Bank.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Zachary Angerman, Thomas Doran, Kenny Morrow and Col. William Angerman, 50th Network Operations Group commander, helped solicit donations for the Kids/Teens Helping Kids Food Drive, outside the commissary, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. The food drive is held twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Zachary Angerman, Thomas Doran, Kenny Morrow and Col. William Angerman, 50th Network Operations Group commander, helped solicit donations for the Kids/Teens Helping Kids Food Drive, outside the commissary, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. The food drive is held twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Those visiting the commissary on Peterson Air Force Base this past weekend, may have met a few young, bright faces greeting shoppers as they entered the commissary. Those individuals were soliciting donations for the fourth bi-annual Schriever Air Force Base Kids/Teens Helping Kids Food Drive Oct. 15-16.

The Schriever Air Force Base Kids/Teens Helping Kids Food Drive gives Schriever youth the opportunity to participate in community service.

“The first few years we did this for the Care and Share Food Bank, but then we realized that they ended up giving the donations we made to the Ellicott Food Bank. Since Ellicott is our local community, we decided go straight to the source,” said Lisa Kosiewicz Doran, the lead coordinator for the drive.

“It is a great opportunity for the kids to get out there and give, it helps them understand there are people who are struggling and need help. It is also an awesome way for the base to help our community. It is a way for us to stay connected to our community,” said Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander.

Traditionally, the food drive has only been in the fall, but the last two years the program has included a spring food drive as well.

“There is a lot of need in the Ellicott Community and the community is very grateful for the donations. Some of the families from base even benefit from the food bank as well. We feel like we are serving not only our local community, but our base community as well,” said Kosiewicz Doran.

In the spring food drive this year the program was able to contribute nearly 2,150 pounds of food and $351 in cash donations to the Ellicott Helping Hands Pantry, which at the time was assisting up to 75 families a month.

“It is wonderful, we really had a great time handing out food (in May) because Schriever gave us so much. The food donated was able to help a lot of people, we are looking forward to the next donation,” said Linda Thompson, Ellicott Helping Hands Director. “We have had food drives before, but this is the first time we have had a food drive of this magnitude.”

The importance of the food donations is not lost on the kids who are participating.

“I got involved because I used to go to Ellicott Middle School and I just like helping out whenever I can. I know a few teachers and students there so it is always nice to give back,” said Jake Angerman, a volunteer for the event.

The volunteers will be coming through Tierra Vista housing to pick up donations this weekend. Individuals who would like to donate can simply leave donations on their front porch for pick-up.

“We get a lot from the Colorado Springs community as military, we just want to give back and share some of the time and resources that we can. We just want to thank everyone for their support, for their time for all that volunteered and the donations,” said Kosiewicz Doran. 
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