Red Cross grant will help 48th Brigade families

A Department of Defense grant to the central Georgia chapter of the Red Cross will be used to help families of Georgia’s 48th Brigade, officials announced Friday.

A total of $80,000 will be used for a range of programs, from buying school supplies for children of deployed Guardsmen to developing a local information and referral resource directory to family members.

The Macon-based 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has more than 2,000 soldiers now serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Individual units making up the 48th Brigade are located across Georgia in more than 35 communities.

A similar grant received last year was used for three major deployment/sendoff ceremonies for units in Forsyth, Milledgeville and Macon.

Ten family events are also being planned for units within Middle Georgia focusing on wellness, spousal issues and concerns, and holiday parties. Separate funds are also earmarked for three special homecoming events when the brigade returns.