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Local Civil Air Patrol unit sends Love Box to Delaware National Guard in Afghanistan

Dec 01, 2013
Source: Submitted Shown (l-r) Cadet 2nd Lt. Tyler Marker and Lt. Virginia Marker of Coastal Patrol Base 2 Memorial Composite Squadron present thank-you expressions to its squadron liaison, Kim Rogers, mother of a Guardsman now deployed in Afghanistan. Seated, young Clifford Reed holds one of the Love Boxes which the group assembled for the deployed unit, which is based at Georgetown.

Coastal Patrol Base 2 Memorial Composite Squadron recently turned over to Kim Rogers, the local National Guard unit's liaison and go-to person, a huge donation for the deployed National Guard Co A 198 Signal Battalion based in Georgetown. The CAP squadron meets at the armory weekly and has developed a strong relationship with the Guard unit there. Rogers has a son, Michael, who is deployed with that unit.

In speaking with Rogers, CAP Lt. Virginia Marker came up with the idea to send something special to the troops. Lt .Marker said, “I really didn’t want to call it a Care Package, so I called it a Love Box to let them know we are holding them all close to our hearts and are keeping them in our prayers.”

Lt. Marker started the project in the CAP unit, and members, family and friends brought forth the items the soldiers had requested: Pop Tarts, hand warmers and personal care items that are hard to get in Afghanistan. In addition, snacks, hand sanitizer, cards of thanks from many people who donated items, a photo of the Coastal Patrol Base 2 Memorial Composite Squadron and a special card thanking them all for their service being were also sent.  Twelve quilts, made by Carol Wallace who makes them for the VA hospital and veterans' homes, were included in the donations.

The six-week project produced a truckload of items. Helping to hand them over was Cadet 2nd Lt. Tyler Marker, cadet commander for the CAP unit in Georgetown.

The Squadron, led by Lt. Col William Pfordt, meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday at the Army National Guard Armory, 109 West Pine St. in Georgetown. All are welcome to come and visit.

Civil Air Patrol, the official U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, is a nonprofit organization with almost 62,000 members nationwide. It performs 95 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue and Coordination Center. The members take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to almost 27,000 young people currently participating in Civil Air Patrol cadet programs. For more information go to www.gocivilairpatrol.com.

Lt. Virginia Marker and Kim Rogers hold one of the quilts, made and donated by Carol Wallace, which will be sent to National Guardsmen now deployed in Afghanistan. (Source: Submitted)
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