Dec 7, 2012 8:47 PM by Bill Folsom

Hundreds of Fort Carson soldiers march to help the homeless

Soldiers stationed at Fort Carson serve our country every day. On Friday the "Raider Brigade" stepped up to help on a local level in Colorado Springs.

Nearly 500 strong the brigade marched into Colorado Springs on a mission called Operation Happy Holidays. "Try to give back to the community. There are a lot of hungry people out here and if we can help them it's all we're trying to do," said Pvt. Brian Hope. Their destination was the Marian House Soup Kitchen. They all wore their camouflage fatigues, but there was no hiding with many wearing holiday accessories like bright red Santa hats.

Their backpacks intended to carry combat items were filled instead with warm weather gear and a few other items soldiers wanted to donate. "We didn't direct anyone to bring anything. This is all from their own personal generosity," said Col. Joel Tyler, "It's overwhelming. It's really amazing to see."

All the items they brought ended up filling tables to overflowing. Their effort is appreciated. "They're not just about keeping the country safe. They're about keeping us warm as well. They care and I think that's a beautiful thing," said Anthony, one of the locals who benefited from the donations.



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