A Palestine church helped make the holiday season a little brighter for a platoon stationed in Afghanistan.
Crockett Road Church of Christ helped members John and Ann Mottern provide care package items for their son, Jason Mottern, and his platoon, who are stationed at Forward Operating Base Ghazni in eastern Afghanistan.
“We were excited about helping Jason and his platoon in Afghanistan. We felt it was in some small way, an opportunity to show our appreciation for those men and women serving on foreign fields,” Crockett Road Church of Christ Minister Dan Manuel told the Herald-Press. “Many times those men and women are often forgotten and we fail to remember that it gets lonely when you are away from your family and friends back home.”
The Motterns started the project as a way to make sure that the soldiers in Jason Mottern's unit had at least a few items that would help them with their basic needs as supplies are very limited where they are and are quite costly to soldiers who have to provide their own personal supplies, Ann said.
“Jason had told us after his previous deployment two years ago that many of the guys never received any packages or mail from home. He is the type who will share whatever he has with a fellow soldier in need,” Ann said. “We came up with the idea of collecting some items for the eight men in his field artillery firing section of which he is the assistant chief. There are 25 men total in his platoon. We along with our good friend Shelly Franklin thought that it would be a good project to collect items for the eight guys because we thought that 25 would be way too many to try to ask donations for”
But thanks to the generosity of Crockett Road Church of Christ members, the group was able to provide enough care packages for all 25 soldiers.
“They will enjoy a variety of tolietry items as well as snacks and treats thanks to the awesome generosity of this congregation,” Ann said. “We would like to thank everyone who donated items or money to send the care packages.”
Manuel expressed his gratitude to his church family for helping with the cause.
“I was so thrilled that our church family responded to the call to help, and they made us proud!” Manuel said. “This church has always been supportive of our U.S. Service men and women. These soldiers give so much in terms of sacrifice and effort to keep our country strong. We pray for them daily.”