"They're coming back to a barracks that literally has nothing in there," said Michael Saunders, assistant coordinator of the Single Marines Program at Camp Lejeune. "This is just our way of saying, 'Hey, we're thinking of you guys and America's thinking of you.'"
Saunders said program officials have been working for three weeks, packing more than 10,000 bags with donated items that could fill four trucks.
Most of the bags that will be placed in barracks will contain a letter and small tokens from children thanking someone they've never met.
What you may not be aware of is that before the soldiers deploy, those who live in the barracks have everything they own packed up and put in a crate as if they were shipping the stuff overseas. So the barracks rooms really are totally empty, and these welcome home gifts are a super idea.
If you are a member of a Family Readiness Group, you might want to steal this idea for your company when the troops return.
The story is here.
Friday, June 20, 2003
WOW. Great job at Camp Lejeune.