Last week Capt. Scott Martin got a break from his usual routine while serving our country as a soldier in Afghanistan.
He received a care package from Marshalltown, his hometown, an unexpected surprise he described as "an awesome box of goodies."
Next week six soldiers recovering from injuries in military hospitals will receive similar packages.
A group of soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan recently received an Iowa Care Package from Marshalltown. The soldiers said they were pleased to introduce Rice Krispies Treats to their colleagues from other countries.
The charity that makes this possible deserves your support.
Iowa Care Package accepts addresses of soldiers and mails care packages to deployed military in combat zones around the world. Items such as cookies, batteries, razors and gum are included in the package.
In Marshalltown, community support for this effort is beginning to take hold.
US Bank recently launched a program to support Iowa Care Package. The bank will accept personal care items, snacks, monetary donations and letters of thanks through the end of May.
Second grade students at Franklin Elementary have created artwork and thank you letters to be included in packages.
Meanwhile, the American Legion has donated $350 to help cover the cost of buying goods and shipping the packages. The proceeds of an upcoming golf tournament will also be contributed to Iowa Care Package.
Now your support is needed.
Iowa Care Package is currently looking for names and addresses of 33 soldiers.
Let's find those 33 soldiers who deserve a care package from home. Then, let's get out our checkbooks and write a tax-deductible donation to Iowa Care Package so more soldiers can be reached. The funds will be used to buy goods from the Marshalltown Hy-Vee, which gives a generous discount to this charity.
We often talk about supporting our troops - they are thought of in prayer, or perhaps when we see an American flag or when we discuss the realities of war.
Iowa Care Package allows us to make a direct connection to our soldiers. Let's send them a little encouragement from home.