On Friday, Dec. 11 soldiers and their families from Ft. Campbell received support from a non-partisan movement out of Logan County called “A Soldier’s Family Christmas.” Many volunteers from both the Democratic and Republican party came together uniting for our country’s warriors and their loved ones. This was the 13th year the event has taken place. Many churches, civic organizations, the Republican and Democratic Women and individuals give of their time and their money to help with this special annual event. Each year, donations are taken up to fill food boxes and to purchase gifts for children of soldiers who put their lives on the line for our freedoms.
“If you wanted Christmas blessings this season, you would have received many at Ft. Campbell, 101st, 6 Battalion, Soldier’s Family Christmas, this past Friday,” said State Representative Martha Jane King. “We celebrated with over 550 military men women and children. We were thanked over and over for helping them have Christmas, but it is us who should say thank you to them and their families, they give the gift of freedom to the world.”
King, who has been involved in the event for years, said she was grateful to come from a county and small town which has embraced a battalion, to showed how much they care.
Evelda and Ronnie Stearsman, Chairman of the Logan County Democratic Executive Committee, dedicate their time to this project throughout the year to help make it so successful. This is near and dear to their hearts, as it is so many other volunteers.
“I have been honored to spend this past week with our military men, women and their families, and I consider that time a Christmas blessing. As a Kentucky State Representative I get to be actively involved in many aspects of life, legislation and service to my district, but none is more important to me than my service to those who fought for me to be free,” said King. “As we enjoy this holiday season remember that only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American military service member. One died for your soul, the other for your freedoms.”
The initiative brought gifts for 260 children ages 0-18, provided complete Christmas meals for 35 families and gave several thousands of dollars of gift cards to the single soldiers.
This Soldier’s Family Christmas began from one woman’s desire to help the military. Patricia Hedges was sitting on her sofa in the fall of 2002 watching the military getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan. As president of the Logan County Democratic Woman’s Club, she brought the question up at a meeting, “What can we do to help the soldiers this Christmas?”
The club turned to Brother Joe Carrico, said King, who immediately got in touch with the 7th Battalion. The soldiers said, “We will be taken care of, but can you help our families to have a good Christmas?” And so the the Soldiers Family Christmas Event was born.
“Brother Joe ask Agape to help and we filled a helicopter with food and gifts to send to Ft. Campbell,” King said. “We have now evolved into a program which includes donations from the City of Russellville, the Logan County Republicans, several churches, and the great citizens of Logan and Todd County. Thanks to everyone who worked hard, gave at the road blocks and donated time and money. As you enjoy this holiday please remember in prayer these families, asking that they will be blessed with their loved ones safe return. Wishing all of our active military, veterans and their families a Merry Christmas. God speed to you all.”
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