by Capt. Tamara Fischer-Carter
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
10/30/2013 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea - -- The
Company Grade Officer's Council and 51st Wing Staff Agencies combined
forces to bring Halloween treats to residents of the Seongsimdongwon
Group Home for the disabled in Osan City, Oct. 27.
The 18 volunteers' objective was simple: spend some quality time with the home's residents and share some smiles.
Some members of the team handed out bags of treats and other visitors
jumped rope, played volleyball and soccer while fostering a good
relationship with the community.
"I had a great time playing soccer and being able to interact with the
kids," said Staff Sgt. Y Jin Ding Plai, 51st FW commander executive
administrator. "They all had their individual personalities so that was
neat to get to know them personally. I look forward to coming back and
helping out again because it was such a great experience."
Several volunteers even helped out in the kitchen to prepare lunch and aided in the clean-up process afterward.
"Life can get so hectic that I sometimes lose perspective. Stepping out
into the community and helping out the less fortunate reminds me to
reflect on the little things I often take for granted," said Captain
Christopher Hinahon, 51st FW general dentist. "All respect goes out to
the workers and volunteers at the group home. It must take an enormous
amount of patience and vigilance keeping the children safe, fed, and
Master Sgt. Jessica McWain, 51st FW Staff and 51st Comptroller Squadron
first sergeant, recognizes the work required to maintain the home and
said plans are in the works to continue visits like this one every other
month to help.
"I think we're onto something here," McWain said. "Through the efforts
of our volunteers, we not only boosted morale with the in-room visits
and sports, we were able to serve lunch for more than 120 residents and
students with special needs. This allowed several employees to enjoy
some compensatory time off."
Anyone interested in volunteering for future trips should contact Capt.
Tamara Fischer-Carter, 51st Fighter Wing chief of Public Affairs, at
Tamara.Fischer-Carter@us.af.mil, or McWain at Jessica.McWain@us.af.mil.