Battalion donates computer to orphanage in Suwon
SUWON, South Korea — American Soldiers of Fox Company, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery donated a new computer to the House of Dreams Orphanage in Suwon.
After a long day of learning and various actives, children from the House of Dreams Orphanage came home to a surprise in the form of a new computer.
Although the elders, more so than the children, were excited to see the new computer, the children’s excitement to see the Soldiers proved to be a far better gift than anyone could hope to give.
“The children were happy about the fact that they were able to leave school early and visit with the Soldiers. The elders on the other hand were very excited to receive the new computer” said 1st Lt. Lisa Campbell, Fox Company Executive Officer.
"The outreaching effect of the visit was contagious. The kids opened up and showed a more playful side giving the Soldiers a taste of their personalities and some of their traditional games."
They laughed, tried on the Soldiers' boots, beat them in Kong-Gi (a Korean children game with five dice and a ball), played the piano, taught the Soldiers some Korean words and beat them again in Kong-Gi. The children did not let up once during the games. They were fierce competitors from beginning to end.
Pfc. Kenyata Stripling, 23, of Warner Robins, Ga., a Soldier who works in Receiving at the Fox Company, didn’t mind losing to the children. She was there to enjoy the experience of interacting with the children.
Stripling explained, “It’s important to show others that we care about their well-being. Caring for others always makes me feel good about myself.”
As the laughter and games drew to an end, Spc. Junior Silva, 23, of Tampa, Fla., a welder in the Fox Company Motor Pool, put the whole visit in perspective. Silva said, “It’s the right thing to do, and as representatives of the U.S. Army, we should be willing to show that we do not only care about ourselves but that we also care about others.”
The money used to purchase the computer was raised through a barbeque fundraiser held at the Osan Air Base main gate.