ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES “SERVE-A-SOLDIER” PROGRAM AT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
- New Program will provide lunches for traveling members of the Military
PITTSBURGH, PA (May 26, 2010) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority announces a unique program to benefit individuals in the military who are traveling at Pittsburgh International Airport.
The “Serve-a-Soldier” program at the Military and Family Courtesy Center at Pittsburgh International Airport is seeking donations to provide active members with gift cards for dinner at the AIRMALL.
Clinton Aurin, a Volunteer Ambassador at Pittsburgh International Airport and student at Hopewell Area High School, has created the program for his Senior Project for the 2010-11 school year. By seeking donations from the public and private sectors, Clinton hopes to raise enough money to provide active members of the military a $10 gift card to be used at AIRMALL restaurants.
“I wanted to do something that made a direct impact and showed support for our troops,” said Clinton, who is also an Eagle Scout. “Serve a Soldier” will be a great way to show our appreciation for those defending our freedom. Currently, the Military and Family Comfort Center serves some very light snacks, coffee and water; there was no way to provide a lunch to men and women who serve the country. Through this program, we will be able to give them a meal.”
Additionally, the Airport Authority and Clinton will be announcing an art contest for area children to design the envelope that will hold the gift cards. The winner of the contest will receive a $200 savings bond.
The Military and Family Comfort Center at Pittsburgh International Airport opened next to Gate A4 in November of 2008. It is operated by the Pittsburgh International Airport Volunteer Ambassadors and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. The room offers a respite to active and retired members of all branches of the United States Military and their families.
“All of us are thrilled with Clinton’s ambition and drive,” said Jeff Martinelli, Allegheny County Airport Authority, Public Affairs Manager, who manages the Ambassador program. “This is an outstanding project that will not only provide a great service for our military, but will help solidify the Military and Family Comfort Center as well.”
To donate to “Serve a Soldier,” send a check or money order payable to the Allegheny County Airport Authority, to: Pittsburgh International Airport; ATTN: “Serve a Solider;” PO Box 12370; Pittsburgh, PA 15231. “Serve a Solider” must be written in the memo area.