Family Readiness Group fundraiser

Gregory Stokes, right, reaches into the cooler for a soda at Fort Hood National Bank during a fundraiser for the Family Readiness Group of C Troop, 4th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division on Monday. Pvts. David West, left, and Karson Howerter watch.

Julie A. Ferraro | Herald

On the last payday of each month, Fort Hood National Bank’s two on-post locations offer family readiness groups a unique opportunity to raise funds.

The groups can hold a bake sale while also offering bank customers free popcorn, sodas and a bit of hospitality.

The family readiness group of C Troop, 4th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, took shifts at the bank Monday greeting customers with welcome snacks.

Betty Rivera-Roman, herself prior military, joined Maggie Saxton at the table during the morning. Rivera-Roman’s husband, Sgt. 1st Class Porfirio Rivera, has served for over ten years. Saxton has been married to her husband, Pvt. Dallas Saxton for almost one year.

The FRGs are important, according to Rivera-Roman.

“What an impact they have, not only on the families, but on the soldiers,” she said.

Rivera-Roman said she finds the sense of community vital and enjoys the chance to help other families.

Saxton, being new to Army life, said she is grateful for the FRG.

“It makes me feel like I have the support that I needed,” she said.

Talk about being new, Pvts. David West and Karson Howerter joined Saxton at the table for a time. Both soldiers arrived at Fort Hood on Friday. They will be joining C Troop in South Korea in the weeks to come.

For the FRG members’ time, Fort Hood National Bank provides a monetary donation. Sherry McJunkin, senior vice president, explained how the bank realized the FRGs don’t have a lot of fundraising options.

“We had always been doing popcorn and sodas on paydays, as a courtesy to our customers,” said McJunkin. “It kind of evolved with the FRGs asking to do bake sales.”

From there, the FRG members offered to operate the popcorn machine, which freed up bank employees, she said.

“We knew they had a need, so we started offering that to them,” McJunkin added.

Both organizations believe it’s an excellent partnership.

To get on the bank’s waiting list for these fundraisers, the FRG needs to contact Fort Hood National Bank.

As for the FRG of C Troop, the funds they raised Monday will be used toward homecoming events when their soldiers return in 2018 from their current deployment in South Korea.

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