From Balad, priest rallies help from home

Monica Mendoza
Kaiserslautern American

When Ramstein and Vogelweh Catholic parishioners asked Chaplain (Lt.
Col.) David Fitz-Patrick, who is deployed to Iraq, what they could do
to help him, he replied that they could help the troops.

From downrange, Chaplain Fitz-Patrick has kept in touch with his
congregation at Ramstein and Vogelweh, letting them know how he and the
troops are doing.

“It seems the troops need phone cards to communicate with their
families back home,” said Lisa Hunke, Ramstein Catholic Religious
Education facilitator.

Hearing that, Richelle Trevino, Vogelweh Catholic Religious Education
facilitator, rallied the children in grades K-6, to seek calling card
donations as part of one of their annual service projects. The children
also plan to make Christmas cards to send the troops. They will collect
the cards now to early December.

“We want to make sure the cards are there in time for Christmas,” Trevino said.

Children from the Ramstein group will accept calling card donations
from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Sundays at Ramstein Intermediate School
cafeteria. Vogelweh children will accept donations 11:15 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. at Kaiserslautern American Elementary School cafeteria.