Senior citizen members of the Ira Go Getters, a group of local citizens, helped prepare baked goods for National Guard members at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Rutland. Soldiers from several states are helping in the Irene storm recovery efforts locally.
They don’t call them the "Ira Go Getters" for nothing. This local group of senior citizens in Ira met at the Ponderosa Steak House in Rutland to donate large amounts of home baked “goodies” for Operation Feed the Guards, a local “thank you” effort organized by resident Hurley Cavacas.
There are approximately 350 Army National Guard members from out-of state serving in the Rutland area. These men and women are helping to restore flood-damaged roads caused by Tropical Storm Irene.
According to Cavacas, volunteers are needed to help serve meals to National Guard members and donations of baked goods is appreciated.
“You can drop off baked goods at the Armory on Post Road in Rutland and you can volunteer to serve breakfast or supper by calling us at 802-770-9435,” Cavacas said. “The Guard members will be here at least another month, so we need to do what we can to help and show our appreciation for them leaving their homes and families to help us recover here in Vermont.”