A Waynesboro resident is hoping his efforts and those of his fellow community members will make a difference in the lives of U.S. soldiers serving in harm’s way.
Mark Martin has volunteered as the local coordinator for a grassroots effort known as Operation Send-a-Box, whose goal is to send two care packages to every member of the Sabre (2nd) Squadron, 3rd Armed Cavalry Regiment stationed near the Iranian border in Iraq.
Martin, a clinical social worker at Brook Lane’s Meadowbrook office in Hagerstown, has committed to gathering 100 packages toward the effort by Feb. 15.
Martin was inspired to help with the project after his wife encouraged their family to find a way of serving others over the holiday season instead of focusing on gift-getting.
“I like the idea of being able to help someone who is also trying to help others,” said Martin. “These soldiers are making sacrifices … and that just inspires one to want to do something for them. I knew that I couldn’t do very much on my own, so I decided to volunteer to be an area coordinator for this project.”
Martin, a political junkie who reads six or seven political or news blogs every day, had been following a blog by Tennessee residents David and Nancy French.
David French was sent to Iraq last fall as a judge advocate, and Nancy was blogging about his experiences and the conditions in which the soldiers live.
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Thank you guys so much for your generous and innovative enthusiasm. David is actually not at Camp Caldwell, because they’re on a mission to ensure the enemy does not have respite in the Diyala province. But when these soldiers return to the base, they’ll be greeted with a “surge of care packages.” Thanks seems insufficient, but I’m humbled and blessed to have made your acquaintance through this Presidential election.