The City of Foley has faced many challenges in 2020. Hurricane Sally was one challenge that won’t soon be forgotten by its residents. Luckily the City was able to pair with the C Company 1/173rd Infantry of the Army National Guard to assist numerous people without basic necessities.
Foley set up a Point of Distribution (POD) site in the days after the storm to distribute ready-to-eat meals, water, tarps, and ice free of charge. The items were supplied by the federal government. Sgt. Garey Buscaino said the Guard worked together with Foley’s leadership to see if soldiers were needed and how many, as well as assisting in sharing information on what supplies would most benefit the community. Buscaino said usually the Guard asks for volunteers and doesn’t activate a unit unless more help is required.
“Our members here in Foley volunteered for this mission, to help the community they serve in,” Buscaino said. “It’s what we signed up to do, whether it be for the nation, the state, the city or the community- we are here to serve.”
And serve they did. The POD saw 6,380 cars come through with more than 17,000 items distributed. The Guard worked alongside City of Foley employees who greatly appreciated the help and the attitude the soldiers brought.
“It was difficult to see the way our community was suffering,” said Foley POD Manager David Thompson. “The Guard not only brought us assistance in helping our residents but their upbeat attitude made our employees ready to attack the day. Their outlooks were infectious and their help was invaluable. We cannot thank the National Guard enough for the way they truly stepped up in Foley’s time of need.”
The C Company 1/173rd Infantry is now out of state for training as they prepare to deploy overseas. Anyone in Foley wishing to send them care packages or cards during their time away can do so by emailing the National Guard Family Readiness Group point person, Devin Holzer at email@example.com.