Karen, who is stationed in Kandahar, Iraq with the 4th Engineer Battalion, is a graduate of Medford High School as is Darrin Thornton. And when Thornton saw her name come up he communicated with her. One of the things most everyone asks a soldier besides how are things, is do you have any needs and what can we do for you.
Thornton got a response along with a list of ideas. He and his wife, Claire Rademacher Thornton and their son, Bryce, talked about ways that they could help. It wasn’t long and young Bryce began to put together a plan. He looked at the long list of items that the soldiers would like and/or could use. While some enjoyed a day off school last week, Bryce took a letter around to a number of businesses asking if they could donate items on his list or if they could purchase an APO box from the post office for either $10.35 or $11.95.
The response has been amazing, according to both Bryce and Darrin. As an example, Batteries Plus is donating over 400 batteries. Businesses such as Essentials, Grange Coop, Big R, LaQuinta, Wal-Mart, Antonio’s, Miguel’s and the Upper Rogue Independent have donated. And, young Bryce will be soliciting more on Nov. 11.
Bryce will be sending a flyer out to 1,000 Shady Cove-Eagle Point people on Nov. 17 via the Eagle Point/Upper Rogue Chamber of Commerce Greeters Program asking for support. All items can be dropped at Valley Feed & Supply, 112 S. Royal in Eagle Point no later than Nov. 30. For more information, call Darrin at 541-944-3626.
Some of the items they can use include everything from socks to playing cards, to Nerf footballs, to batteries, jerky, nuts, chap sticks, various personal items such as deodorant, soap, toothpaste, floss, razors, as well as Frisbees, stress balls, disposable cameras, blank cards to send home and on and on goes the list. If you are sending something homemade, it can take up to two weeks to get to them so either vacuum seal or use press and seal and put the item in zip lock bags.
Do not send pork or pork products, no alcohol, no pornography or suggestive magazines, no aerosol cans and do not send chocolate due to the extreme heat in the summer.
Young Bryce has been in scouting for three years. He currently has his 1st class badge. In addition to scouting, he participates in 4-H archery and 4-H rabbit as well as rifle. He also participates in track and basketball. And, he is an excellent student at Eagle Point Middle School.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent