By Derrick Crawford
U.S. Army 5th Medical Recruiting Battalion
September 27, 2017
SAN ANTONIO -- A Soldier from the of U.S. Army 5th Medical Recruiting Battalion volunteered his personal time to collect and deliver approximately 1,500 pounds of food, water and supplies to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts this month.
Capt. Gary Miller's contribution was part of a larger undertaking with the San Antonio Jeep Club and Converse Rolling Creek Subdivision. In all, they delivered more than a ton of donated items to drop points through the American Red Cross in San Antonio, and to locations in Houston, and Rockport/Port Arthur.
Miller, commander of the San Antonio Medical Recruiting Company, had already planned to take leave from work before the hurricane hit the Houston area, but when it devastated so many communities, he said he felt compelled to take advantage of his time off to "support the tremendous need for humanitarian support."
Although he had no ties to the area, Miller explained, "It was the perfect opportunity to step up for the hard hit communities of Port Arthur, Rockport, Victoria, Refugio and Houston."
He tapped into his network of friends, neighbors and co-workers to collect, organize and load much-needed supplies, filling his 5x8 trailer 2-3 feet deep, from front to back. Donated items included 148 pounds of non-perishable food, 705 pounds of water, 400 pounds of pet food, and 250 pounds of hygiene and medical supplies such as diapers, toothbrushes, tooth paste, soap and feminine items.