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Posted on: November 17, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Madison Cheer Brigade Marches into the Holiday Season

The Madison Cheer Brigade is a project that gives to local soldiers and their families for Christmas. The City of Madison in conjunction with the local National Guard and Army Reserve is asking for your support to make this holiday season a happy one for these local soldiers and their families.

• Donations being accepted through Wednesday, December 16th
• Financial contributions/monetary gifts will be collected at the Madison City Hall located at 100 Hughes Road; Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
• Any donations made in the form of checks should be made payable to the City of Madison with the memo as: Madison Cheer Brigade.
• Non-monetary gifts can be taken to Dublin Park Recreation Center located at 8324 Old Madison Pike in Madison. Gifts will continued to be accepted even through Friday, Dec 16th
• Dublin’s operational hours are: Monday – Friday 6am – 9pm, Saturday 8am-8pm and Sunday 10am-6pm.
• Wrapping the gifts at Dublin Friday, December 16th beginning at 8:30am
• Residents may email Gayle Milam at or (256)772-9300 for opportunity to volunteer to wrap
• Volunteers are asked to bring scissors, tape etc. to assist in wrapping

Delivery of Gifts to the Soldiers and their Families - Friday, December 16th

Appropriate gifts, gift cards, and cash are all appreciated. Contributions can be made to a particular family or families, or can be undesignated. Undesignated gifts will be distributed appropriately.

The city aggregates the money for each family and issues a city check to them. We designate the families Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta and Echo etc. to preserve their anonymity. Below is a list of the designated families and a short description of their particular situations as received from the National Guard and Army Reserve.

1) (Soldier Alpha) This soldier's wife is a heart patient. She has a pacemaker / defibrillator unit in her chest; she an insulin dependent diabetic. They have been married for 7 years. He has a son 10-year-old is currently living in a foster home in Utah. They have been working with the Utah court system to gain full custody. The biological mother gave him to the Utah Foster Care System in May of 2008. The costs of medications, doctor’s appointments and legal fees to gain custody of his son has depleted their savings. Two weeks ago he was laid off from his job. It was not a notification of job termination but his employer said that it was due to the poor economy. Also, he is pending a medical board due to a back injury that occurred at Fort Knox during (A/T) annual training. Any support from the community for this family would be most appreciated.

2) (Soldier Bravo) is a single mother who is current going to school. She has been trying to find work but has been unsuccessful. She is not receiving any child support from her daughter’s father. She is struggling to make ends meet but would appreciate any help that the community could provide. Her daughter is 10 years old - Shoe size: 3 ½. Clothing size: 10-12; Favorite colors: Pink and purple.

3) (Soldier Charlie) is a single mother of a 5 year old son. He has just started kindergarten and is doing very well and loves school. She is a current college graduate and is looking for work. She is worried that she will not be able to provide a nice Christmas for her son, so she is asking for assistance. The child’s father is not around and doesn’t provide any assistance for them. Her son’s sizes are as follows: shoe size 10, Clothing size 5T to 6T and his favorite color is red.

4) (Soldier Delta) is a Specialist in the United States Army Reserve. She is a single mother of a one year old girl. She is a full time student at Virginia College. She has been out of work since she had her daughter. She was recently told that she may be responsible for paying for college tuition which is $13,000 a year. She was also informed that she may lose her residence because she does not have a monthly income coming in. She has to go to school at night because she cannot afford to put her daughter in daycare during the day. She will be deploying to Afghanistan soon. She gets by day-to-day through the help of God and her strong faith in Him. There are days when she does not know where her daughter’s next meal or next box of pampers are going to come from but she prays to Him for help. There are even days that she will go without so that her daughter has something to eat or pampers. She does not know if she will lose her home but she still keeps her faith and she pays her rent with whatever little money she can spare. She is trying very hard to better herself for her daughter's sake. But there are days that she feels as though it’s too much to bear alone. This year will be her daughter's first Christmas and she’s afraid that she will not be able to give her a decent first Christmas. Her daughter is her world and her inspiration to stay on the right path. It is because of her faith that she feels that God will provide.

5) (Soldier Echo) is a 27 year old male soldier with three boys and one child on the way. He recently lost his job and his pregnant girlfriend has been working for approximately 1 month. The job that he was working was only paying minimum wage. They are really having a hard time paying their rent and bills. The ages of his boys are 4 years old (just recently broke his elbow); 9 and 10 years old.

6) (Soldier Foxtrot) is an unemployed soldier in the Army Reserve. He is receiving unemployment benefits but it is not enough to cover all his bills. He is making every effort to find a job but he is having no luck. He has no money to buy Christmas gifts for his children, 7 year old son, and 16 year old, daughter. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

7) (Soldier Gulf) is in the Army Reserve and is single mother of a 3 year old son. She is going to school full-time to get her education. She does not have a job. Money is tight and she would like provide a nice Christmas for her son. She says that her son is a very bright child. He loves sports, he us trying to read and enjoys pretending to be a fire truck. She says that any assistance at Christmas time would be greatly appreciated.

8) (Soldier Hotel) is a soldier in the Army Reserve. He is working to support his wife and 4 children. His wife is a full time college student and things were going well until a short time ago. Recently his wife was admitted into ICU where they diagnosed her with Type I diabetes. She is now insulin dependent and they have no health insurance. To make matters worse, while taking his wife to the hospital, the family car broke down and they had to have the transmission replaced which put them into debt. They have no immediate family that can help them. They would appreciate any assistance from the community with Christmas for the children this year. Their children are: (Boy), age 4-1/2; He wears a shirt and paints size10-12. Shoe size is 5. He likes toys. (Girl), age 6 -1/2; She wears a shirt size 6-7 and pants 5-6. Shoe size is 1. She likes art and “My Little Pony”. (Girl) age 8; She wears a shirt size of 14-16 and pants 10-12. Shoe size is 4. She likes baby dolls and Barbie dolls. (Girl) age 9; She wears a shirt/pants size 10-12. Shoe size is 5. She likes art and reading.

9) (Soldier Indigo) is an Army Reserve Soldier whose house was extensively damaged by a pipe that burst in the attic. The house was considered a total lost by the insurance company. Though insurance is covering the major portion of the house repair, it does not cover the plumber, the electrician (to bring the house up to code) and termite damage (discovered after the sheet rock was removed from the ceiling and walls. Also, they had to pay the $2000 deductible which used up all the family savings. This soldier and his wife need assistance for themselves and their three children. They have a 5 month daughter and 3 -1/2 year old twin daughters. Any assistance from the community would be greatly appreciated. Clothes for the baby: size 6 months or 6-9 months, fall and winter clothes, shoes, hats, etc. Diapers size 3 (Child is 14lbs), preferably pampers Swaddlers. This family is staying in a hotel and has asked to limit the amount of toys since there is little room to story them.

Let’s show these military families in our community that we care and support them! Your community spirit of giving will make their 2011 Christmas one to remember as a special Christmas filled with joy, hope and love!

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