Richmond Hill church partners with 3rd ID to provide aid

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A Richmond Hill church is partnering up with the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division soldiers in order to provide some humanitarian aid to the Iraqis.

In one of the more poverty stricken areas of southern Baghdad, children and parents line up for a chance to get items they desperately need.

"Imagine these families that have nothing, just one set of clothing and shoes and one set of sheets in their home; to get out of the blue toys for the kids and get a weeks worth food," said Col. Roger Cloutier, 1-2 AAB Commander. "It was rewarding to be apart of that."

The items included toys, clothing and water.

The delivery was made possible by Cloutier and a fellow soldiers congregation back home at Richmond Hill First Baptist Church.

"Some of our wives got together ... and talked to the church members asking is there something we can do and help the brigade and partner with them in Iraq?" Cloutier said. "So they got toys together, clothes together, small gifts for children and sent it over on a military aircraft."

The soldiers then partnered with the Iraqi Federal Police in order to deliver the items firsthand to the people living right outside their operating base.

"It is a area that has not seen essential services over the past 10 [to] 15 years, so the people live in squawler, and we were able to bring them a little bit of sunshine from folks back home and show them the folks from Richmond Hill First Baptist Church and the First Brigade care about them," Cloutier said.

A gift that is having a far-reaching impact on these families.

The brigade is in the process of organizing more humanitarian aid drops in the near future.

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