By now you have already heard that the city of Fresno fell short of its goal to win that million dollars offered by Wal-Mart. Salt Lake City would tally the most votes on FaceBook to take home the prize.
But Fresno's efforts did earn $100,000 and stirred the social networking public to join the cause that reached far beyond sharing photos and e-connecting with friends, old and new.
The higher purpose of helping to feed the hungry struck an online chord that would become a chorus of 'likes' that built momentum that grew daily. Among those who participated was a young man whose life is already committed to service, military service.
Senior Airman Christopher Chacon of Fresno is in the US Air Force and visiting his home town, “I joined because I wanted a steady income and be able to provide for my wife. I also wanted to take advantage of the educational and insurance benefits the military had to offer. Most of all I wanted to know that at the end of the day I was a part of something so much greater than words could describe."
His response when he learned about the the "Fight Hunger in Fresno" campaign was to take action. And he did.
Within the country I have also rallied people from Alaska, Ohio, and Georgia. What makes these places unique is that they are hospitals, clinics, and extended family within the US Air Force.
So I guess you could say we have the support of Yokota AFB (Japan), RAF Lakenheath (UK), Spangdahlem AB (Germany), Robins AFB (Warner Robins, GA), and Elmendorf AFB (Alaska), and extended AF family near Cleveland, Ohio."
Senior Airman Chacon is currently stationed at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia . The Bullard High School graduate has been in the Air Force for the past 3 years. And like so many of his generation social networking and mobile devices have become his primary means of communication.
In this case his FaceBook connection was about a need in his home town. In other circumstances the same path offers a personal connection for those serving their country far from home. And that is a very good thing!