With Christmas around the corner, the spirit of sharing has started to fill people’s hearts, and the 2nd “Lancer” Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, is no exception.

“Every day soldiers work, and with the economy the way it is and bills piling up, it can be hard to give your family a good Christmas or Thanksgiving so it was very important to us to collect as much as we could to give back to the less fortunate soldiers,” said the battalion’s Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky Linton.

The Army Community Services’ mission is to provide services supporting the readiness and well-being of soldiers and their families, civilian employees and retirees.

The morning of Nov. 19, Lancers arrived at the ACS building with more than 4,000 toy and food items to donate to the Fort Hood ACS food pantry.

“There are no words to explain how much it means to us to have these kinds of donations,” said Bridget Sanders, food pantry manager. “It was just overwhelming.”

Linton has held his position for three years, and each year the battalion has participated in food drives for the ACS food pantry.

“These organizations have always helped us, I have sent soldiers to the food closet or to go get toys,” Linton said. “I know they have always helped us out so I always want to help back.”

The 16.5 containers of food and toys were more items than the pantry could hold, sending the overflow to the other side of Fort Hood to store in back-up storage.

The Lancers were more than generous with their donations and without the support of them and other donators the food pantry would not be able to proceed, Sanders said.

“We survive solely on donations,” Sanders said about the organization’s assistance. “Without the help and support of everyone, we wouldn’t be able to help our soldiers.”

Not only were Sanders and the rest of the ACS family appreciative of the support, Linton was proud of what they were able to do for a deserving family.

“It feels really good to know that we were able to help put a nice meal on the table for a family, that we were able to help” Linton said. “I am also proud of my soldiers for the support they put into making this such a success.”

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