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Group sends boxes from home to Craig military people

NEW CASTLE – A local group wants to make sure that each person from Craig County who is serving in the military has a little taste of home.

Volunteers formed a group called the Military Appreciation Project – or MAP. The idea of Craig resident Pam Dudding was to do something special for active military from Craig County. In March, members of the group got together to pack shoe boxes with items from home and sent them to nine members of the Armed Services who are serving in Afghanistan, Germany and various posts in the United States.

MAP's Pam Dudding holds a board showing Craig County military people and where in the world they are serving. MAP photo

Dudding said the goal is for each Craig County active soldier, airman or reservist now serving to receive something from their home county, if only a card.

“Our intent is to get groups to “adopt-a-month,” explained Dudding. In February, members of the Craig Valley chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution sent a homemade card that had pictures of different buildings or areas in Craig County. Inside were photographs of the DAR members.

The package MAP volunteers put together in March each had a copy of The New Castle Record donated by the newspaper, a personal card, Easter candy, a military camo New Testament, homemade cake and other items.

Dudding said that in April, a group of children from New Castle Christian Church plan to put their imaginations to work by making homemade cards.

Now MAP members are asking for help from the community, in the form of monetary donations to help pay for shipping boxes in the future, and groups who want to take on a month to create and send notes or other items from home.

Dudding said to ship the nine shoeboxes in March cost approximately $70. The MAP group plans to send at least one package to military personnel every three months.

They are also asking for parents and other relatives and friends to give MAP names of military people, their addresses and their birthdays.

The group meets on the second Thursday of each month to plan, update and schedule the packing of boxes, and to pray for military people serving in various places. They meet at JC’s Depot in New Castle at 7 p.m.

For more photographs and information, see the MAP Facebook page at JCsDepot. To get involved, call JCs Depot at 864-8100.

About the author

Meg Hibbert

Meg Hibbert held the position of editor of the Salem Times-Register and The New Castle Record from July 1999 - July 2014. She won more than two dozen awards from the Virginia Press Association for feature writing, columns, business articles, health and environmental writing and education coverage. She and her husband, Bill, live in Salem and are avid University of Georgia Bulldogs.

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