Valley Makes a Difference to Local Soliders

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

It's been two months since more than three hundred solider from Woodstock's National Guard Unit were sent to Afghanistan. The Woodstock Family Readiness Group is doing whatever it takes to make sure the soldiers know they are still in the community's heart and mind.

"You don't really stay as connected as you would if they were in the area," Margaret Rush, mother of two sons in Afghanistan.

Rush's sons are two of the 324 members of company five in Woodstock overseas.

"A lot of people who I've met in the community from the guard, I mean, you get to know these guys and they just become an extension of your family," said Rush.

So family and other community members are reaching out to those soldiers with a little help. Rubbermiad donated bins for each one of the soldiers. They are raising money to send them to Afghanistan.

"We're gonna be shippin' things to them until they are on their way home," said Rush.
Rush would like for anyone to donate as much as they can, but she has just one main request.

"Pray for everyone of them," said Rush.


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