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Marines Based In Afghanistan Reap Christmas Bounty

Proceeds from the annual Main Street United Methodist Women’s (UMW) Bake Sale held in December have been put to good use in quick fashion.

According to UMW member Jennifer Mackintosh, one of the mission projects funded by the bake sale was to send two huge boxes of goodies to the troops serving in Afghanistan.

Mackintosh’s niece, Amy Zaycek, is stationed there serving as a severe trauma platoon nurse.

The boxes of Christmas treats were mailed to Zaycek and her Commander Tom Craig, also a Virginian, and they arrived just in time to brighten the holiday for 1,000 marines.

“The boxes came in,” just in time for Christmas, said an excited Commander Craig. “Jennifer went way overboard with the giant boxes of Slim Jims, sunflower seeds, games, cards and Bibles.”

Craig said he enjoyed taking photographs of the Marines devouring their goodies and shredding through the boxes in holiday tradition.

Also included in the boxes were tee shirts, socks, zippered hoodies, sweat shirts and sweat pants that were grabbed up immediately by the Marines who reminded one of eager children on Christmas morn.

“All the boxes came right around Christmas, so it all came at a perfect time to make our Christmas really enjoyable,” he said.

He credited the Main Street UMW with bringing “joy and sunshine into the world.”

“You and your friends and relatives have gone way over and above,” he added. “The time, money and amount of consideration that it takes to get  packages like the ones that were sent to my team is a huge task, especially during the holidays when so much is going on. The support that you have provided us really helps take the pain out of being separated from friends and family.”

Commander Craig expressed appreciation to the UMW group that reached out to the Marines in Afghanistan bringing them into their church family and making their holidays complete.

Mackintosh said Craig also extended his personal thanks to all the people in South Boston who made the holidays complete for him and his team.

Additionally, Mackintosh and the Main Street UMW sent an envelope with nine handwritten cards from Meredith Bowman, Thelma Crowder, Karen Robertson, Michael and Kaye Frysinger, Dick and Betty Moore, Ed and Susan Rigg, Allen and Debbie McGhee and David and Pat Lawson.

“I really appreciate the time it took to personally write out a holiday card to my guys,” Commander Craig said. “The cards were hung up for the holidays and gave the place a nice homey feeling. Thank you one and all.”