Ashland City, Tenn. — The A. O. Smith Foundation recently made first-time donations to the Army Emergency Relief Fund (AER) and the Fisher House, two organizations providing support to soldiers and their families.
Lisa Darnall, safety manager for A. O. Smith’s plant in Ashland City, Tenn., presented the donations to Betty Geren and Wendy Carlston, representing the two organizations at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Army Emergency Relief is a private, nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to soldiers—active and retired—and their dependents when there is a valid emergency need.The AER’s slogan is “Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own.”The AER assistance program is conducted within the Army structure by major commanders and their installation or organization commanders and provides a variety of financial assistance including emergency financial aid, children and spouse scholarships, grants to “Wounded Warriors,” and benefits for surviving family members.
Fisher House is a private-public partnership that provides a fully handicap accessible facilities for soldiers and their families.There is at least one Fisher House at every major U. S. military medical center.The Fisher House in Kentucky is located near the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell and is a 7,200 square foot facility that offers space for up to eight families.Currently, military families pay nothing to stay at Fisher House.
The A. O. Smith Foundation, founded in 1955, is a private, nonprofit organization that contributes to qualifying charitable, educational, scientific, literary, and civic organizations located primarily in communities where A. O. Smith Corporation has facilities.
Support for the Foundation comes from the profits of A. O. Smith Corporation.Since its founding, the foundation has provided more than $34 million in financial support for worthwhile community programs and organizations.
Betty Geren (l), representing Army Emergency Relief, exchanges a handshake and word of thanks with Lisa Darnall, safety manager at A. O. Smith in Ashland City, for the financial assistance that will benefit active and retired soldiers and their dependents.