Story and photos by Nicole McAlpin
At the Red Cross, the demographics among volunteers are broad and beautiful. It is a melting pot of compassionate men and women who come together for a common purpose. So it was no surprise to find three young cadets from the Air Force Academy systematically stuffing personal care bags at the disaster assistance center (DAC) in Colorado Springs, CO to help the victims of the Black Forest Fire.
Trevor Muzzy of Columbia, MO, Mario Bernard of Pittsburgh, PA, and Dallas Schwake of Tupelo, MS – all class of 2016 – had one thing on their minds during what could have been a week long break from their duties at the Air Force Academy, and that was to do whatever they could during their free time to serve others. “We could be lazy, or come out and do something useful…,” Muzzy said. “We are all about service.”
Muzzy, Bernard, and Schwake are no strangers to philanthropy; each of them have a history of community service, but it was apparent that their hearts and minds were completely invested in making sure they were a part of the relief efforts for those who were affected by the fire. So much so, that Muzzy took the initiative to ask the Red Cross for volunteer contact information – making it easier for them to return on their own, instead of waiting or relying on others to reach out for their assistance.
It is not rare for the Red Cross to come across compassionate people who want to help, but it is rare when you have three young men who must follow a strict schedule on a daily basis, who are willing to step up and help fellow community members on their down time. Muzzy, Bernard, and Schwake are true leaders, and our nation will be fortunate when these young men honor their country as officers in the United States Air Force.
Cadet Dallas Schwake smiles as he puts together a comfort kit.
Stopping only for a quick picture AF Academy cadets from left to right Trevor Muzzy Mario Bernard and Dallas Schwake.