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Fairchild Airmen volunteer at local food bank

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton
  • 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Fairchild Airmen volunteered their time at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wash., Jan. 24 in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

"Spokane is a great city and these Airmen are donating their time as a way to say thank you," said Master Sgt. Albert Dunn, the Fairchild African American Heritage Council leader. "Every time you go downtown, our Spokane neighbors make sure they thank us for our service."

Dunn said this was just a little token of Fairchild Airmen's appreciation for a community abounding in support. He emphasized that they not only do this as a way of saying thank you, but also in honor of the man who had a dream.

"Martin Luther King Jr. was a man that visualized a country full of diversity and people not looking at the color of their skin, but the content of their character," Dunn said. "We see today people with strong character willing to reach out to the community and do the right thing -- that's why we're here today."

Second Harvest has been leading the hunger-relief network in the region since 1971. The service organization distributes two million pounds of free food each month to people in need in 26 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. They maintain partnerships with more than 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers making it possible to feed 50,000 people each week.

African American Heritage Month kicks off Feb. 1. Activities at Fairchild are planned for the last two weeks of the month. For more information or opportunities to volunteer, contact Master Sgt. Albert Dunn at (509) 247-5620.