MRICD, APG community team up to support SARC

Soldiers from the MRICD brought the boxes and bags of donations collected by the APG community to SARC offices. From left to right are Master Sgt. Joretha Carodine, Spec. Jeffrey Augustin, Sgt. 1st Class Terry Keith, SARC’s development director Neala Lancellotti, and Sgt. Lee Roberts. | U.S. Army Photo by Pam Kaye, MRICD

Members of the MWR Committee of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense delivered boxes and bags of toiletries and non-perishable food items to the Harford County Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center, or SARC, Inc., Nov. 6.

This is the second year the MRICD committee collected items for SARC; however, this year, they reached out to the entire Aberdeen Proving Ground community, and Team APG came through, boosting the number of items collected to more than 1,000.

Collection boxes were placed at the Post Exchange, APG North Express, Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic and in the lobbies of several buildings on the C4ISR campus. At APG South (Edgewood) donation boxes were placed at the Hoyle Fitness Center, the Express, and at the CBRNE Analytical & Remediation Activity. Items were collected through Oct. 31.

Sgt. Lee Roberts—who led the project with Spc. Stephanie Kaham-Ward— transported the donated items to SARC with Spc. Jeffrey Augustin. They were joined by MRICD Senior Enlisted Advisor Master Sgt. Joretha Carodine and Sgt. 1st Class Terry Keith.

Neala Lancellotti, SARC’s development director, greeted the group and SARC Chief Executive Officer Luisa Caiazzo, came by to thank the Soldiers.

“This is awesome,” said Lancellotti. “It will help keep our pantry stocked.”

She added that the timing of the donation was perfect because the SARC pantry stock was running low.

The pantry allows SARC clients to come in and shop for necessities free of charge.

The Harford SARC, Inc., is a local non-profit agency that provides a variety of services to the community related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking prevention and response. Specifically, the Harford SARC provides a legal advocacy program serving victims, community outreach, education services, a 24/7 helpline and advocacy services, and a safe-house, which provides emergency shelter 24/7 to any victim, civilian or military, of domestic or sexual violence.

By Cindy Kronman, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense