Many people gathered at the First Presbyterian Church on Sunday to help Howard County’s Adopt-a-Military Hero organization to pack the 500 Christmas boxes that would be sent to active military troops overseas in Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kuwait, and a naval group. The boxes are filled with hygiene items, over-the-counter medicinal items, drink mixes and snacks, puzzle books, Christmas cards and music.
“There are some people who have been deployed who don’t get a Christmas present, and to make at least one person’s life a little better makes it that important,” says Guy Burrow, President for Howard County’s Adopt-a-Military Hero.
Jacob Braxton, a 6-year veteran who had been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, said it makes him feel good to help. Braxton said that he’s never received a box from this organization but he recalled that it felt really good to get a care package from home because there are some things that are available here that aren’t available overseas.
“Basically, we need get more people involved into this to get more care packages out to the soldiers. It [doesn’t] have to be during Thanksgiving or Christmas, it can be all year,” says Braxton.
Burrow also agreed that there needs to be more people willing to send boxes. "It's not hard. Go gather up a few things, and get a box. It's $17.35 to mail it, but it's a lot more valuable to that young person who gets it overseas."
The Howard County’s Adopt-a-Military Hero organization is ran by volunteers and the money and items for the boxes comes from the citizens and businesses of Howard County. This organization began by being a part of Midland’s organization 8 years ago, but then they moved the operation into Howard County so they could send more boxes overseas. The organization has been working from Howard County for 6 years.