by Isabella Truong
Bishop Gorman held a food drive for the Douglas J. Green Memorial Foundation, the week of November 2-13, to donate care packages to American soldiers. Students donated many snacks, such as candy, chips, jerky, and power bars. The school is hoping for a 100% participation from students. Students are donating even without receiving community service hours. “We want the students to help from their own hearts,” said Ms. Portz. “These men and women sacrifice so much to protect us.”
Ms. Young was made aware of the foundation and it was near Veteran’s Day, so the Douglas J. Green Memorial Foundation was chosen for the school’s annual food drive. This foundation is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that gives care packages to American soldiers overseas to give them comfort and support. “It’s not just donating essentials, we’re giving them something they really want,” Ms. Portz explained. “When they’re in Afghanistan and missing home, they can open a care package and feel like they’re back home.”
Douglas J. Green was an American soldier who lost his life on August 28, 2011 at age 23 during his second deployment in Afghanistan. He was killed in action when he was attacked by a grenade and he was rewarded with a Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Shortly after his death, his family founded the Douglas J. Green Foundation to offer support to other American soldiers. He is survived by his mother, father, and sisters.