Over the last decade the Logan County Democratic Women’s Club, together with Agape, have sponsored the Soldiers’ Family Christmas for the families of the 7th Battalion at Ft. Campbell. This year 20 people from Logan County took lots of goodies to Ft. Campbell on Dec. 11 for a Christmas party held in honor of the children and their families.
Evelda Stearsman of the Democratic Women says the number of soldiers and their families were down this year with 400 in attendance due to many had already gone home before leaving for Afghanistan. But this did not stop those who came from having a special time.
“It was a wonderful time,” said Stearsman, who leads the efforts for the Family Christmas and has been part of the celebration for years. “So many people were touched by this day. We are pleased to be able to help these families who sacrifice so much for all of us.”
The county came together to provide a great party. But before leaving for Ft. Campbell, a lot of work had to be done. On Dec. 10, party lines took a back seat as 12 women wrapped 260 presents for children 1-10 years of age at the Democratic headquarters. The Democratic Women raised money for toys, gift cards, meat, diapers and wipes, and the Republican Women’s Club packed 95 food boxes for the families as well. Agape provided 100 gift cards.
“We are just grateful for everyone that got on board and helped us with it. We couldn’t have done it by ourselves. Our goal was 50 or 60 boxes and we were thrilled to have many more. I know the soldiers were happy as well,” said Bobbie Jean Burnett, Republican Women’s membership chairman. “This wasn’t a political thing, it was a military thing.”
Many churches, civic organizations, the Republican and Democratic Women and individuals gave of their time and their money to help with this special annual event.
Some of the money raised came from the sale of Chaney’s Ice Cream, a road block and selling chances for the UK/UL basketball game, which were donated by Representative Martha Jane King.
When the Logan County group got to Ft. Campbell, the soldiers provided everyone with sandwiches, chips, cookies and drinks. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus were there as well to listen to children and what they wished for for Christmas. Two local elves, Ron Stearsman and Phil Gregory passed out toys that were inside a decorated Black Hawk Helicopter.
The Logan Community was presented with a blue and white wreath to be displayed in downtown Russellville. While there, the 7th Battalion announced they had named their conference room the “Bro. Joe Carrico” room to honor his dedication to the 7th Battalion. Bro. Joe’s wife Linda was called up to receive the honor.