On February 18, three of us met in the library of the Boonville United Methodist Church to pack more boxes for shipment to marines under the command of our favorite First Sergeant. We packed four boxes, for a total of nearly 90 pounds of goodies, toiletries, and reading material. They were packed tight. As the clerk at the Post Office commented when she weighed the 31-pound carton of media mail (magazines, books, newspapers, etc.) – “Boy, you guys really packed it full!”
We were grateful that a generous donation from the local Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks (BPOE) #2158 helped us with the cost of postage. Thank you, Boonville Elks!
It was a cold, windy day outside, and none of us were having a very good day, so no one wanted to have their photo taken. But record it for prosperity we did, thanks to my husband’s photographic skills!
Since we recently learned that Chris will be coming home in April, this will be the last shipment we’ll be sending to him. Our adopted platoon of soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum (see earlier posts) will be deploying soon. Several weeks after they’re settled at their new location in Afghanistan, we’ll start mailing them items. We’ll be putting out a plea for more donations when we have a better idea of what the guys and gals in the Chem Recce platoon prefer. We plan to meet the soldiers for lunch on Wednesday, March 10, so we’ll get to know them and their preferences a little better.
Many thanks to everyone who has donated articles and cash for this program! Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!