MOULTRIE -- Quite often soldiers tell what it means for them to get mail and items sent to them from back home -- some of the items most of us may take for granted like tooth paste and toiletries.

Many of these care packages come from families but sometimes organization pool their resources and launch projects after assessing the needs of the soldiers.

In that regard, a Sunday school class from the First United Methodist Church has enlisted the help of the Colquitt Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Volunteer Auxiliary to send telephone cards to combat soldiers overseas. This is quite a change from the care packages in the days of World War II, Korea and even Vietnam, given that calling cards were common communication devices back then.

Each year the auxiliary picks an outreach project to sponsor, and this is definitely a worthy cause, said Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Sellers, a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class.

The Volunteer Auxiliary presented $1,000 of phone cards to another Sunday school class member, Hamilton Garner. Garner is an assistant district attorney in the Southern Judicial Circuit and a captain in the Georgia National Guard and a JAG (Judge Advocate General) officer.

Also, Clements Printing donated stationery so the troops could send mail, and the Sunday school class is donating toiletries and other niceties that might be hard to buy over there.

  Donations primarily are bound for the 48th Brigade in Iraq and soldiers serving in Afghanistan, Garner said.

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