Over 100 soldiers have packages on the way today

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BLUEFIELD, WV (WVVA) One hundred and fifty U.S. soldiers have a package on the way today thanks to Immanuel Lutheran Church and the generosity of all of you who shop at Grant’s Supermarkets.

Fifteen boxes, filled with enough goodies for 10 soldiers each, were delivered to the post office on their way overseas.

It’s called Drive for the Deployed and the congregation and Immanuel Lutheran has run it since 2015.

Grant’s Supermarkets participates in the project through a fundraiser of their own. From June 4 – July 4, they collect donations and money. Some of that money went to send the 15 boxes over seas today.

“We owe our veterans everything as far as I’m concerned and our active military… They’re the ones who keep us safe,” said Pam Carter, Marketing Manager at Grant’s Supermarkets.

The money donated here locally at businesses like Grant’s, is oftentimes distributed to soldiers with ties to southern West Virginia.

Elise Bowling, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors with Drive for the Deployed said, “There’s a lot of military families here so we get a lot of our contacts from families saying, ‘Hey, can you send my grandson – hey, can you send my daughter care packages?’ And when [the soldiers] see the care packages that we send, their buddies are like, ‘Can I get one of those?’ and then it kind of has snowballed.”

Bowling said they usually ship boxes twice a month and when Grant’s contributes, the deliveries are bigger.

There are 1,496 soldiers on the list to receive packages from Drive for the Deployed. Bowling says they have never turned a package request down.

Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson

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