Four years ago, one Macon County family set out to do something
special around the holidays for men and women serving in the military. Dave and Vanessa Linn, along with their two children partner with South Macon Elementary School to “adopt” local families serving overseas and send them care packages during the holidays.
“We have been sending packages to various troops as a “Thank you” for their service for the past four years during the holiday season,” said Dave Linn. “South Macon Elementary students create holiday cards/pictures and various residents of Macon County have given their support by creating holiday cards or donating various goodies for the troops.”
The Linn family got the idea when Dave’s cousin was stationed in South Korea and his troop had limited access to various U.S. goods like ESPN magazines, Newsweek and etc.
“We knew the troop would not be home for the holidays because they were scheduled to serve for two years in South Korea,” said Linn. “So, we decided to fill a box with holiday cards, personal hygiene products, cookies, magazines and puzzles.”
After that first year, the carte packages grew to include more service men and women and became a community project with local students and other families collecting items for the troops.
“We create one package that is filled with the items and a simple letter of “Thank you” and explaining to share with each other,” said Dave.
This will make the third year South Macon Elementary students have partnered with the Linn family. Dave hopes other schools will also consider adopting a troop for the holiday season. Last year’s troops stationed in Iraq even sent the students at South Macon a “Thank you” letter and explaining how it helped the troop through the holiday season.
“We encourage all the schools of Jackson and Macon county to get involved and adopt a troop this holiday and create a bond with a troop, where the students can become “pen-pals” and learn about a soldier’s daily life,” said Linn. “We are always looking for donations to add to the box and we are always looking for support to help send more than one box to an overseas troop each holiday. We should never forget the men and women who are fighting and serving to protect our freedom each day.”
If anyone is interested in sponsoring a box to be mailed out, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org before Dec. 13.