For Our Troops… Speed Memorial Church, Your Community Bank team up to support local deployed Marines PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 00:00

One Sunday this past March, Pastor Mike Donahue of Speed Memorial Church approached a member of his congregation, Betty Johnson. He told her of his desire to start a program to send care packages to deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He asked her if she would “head this program” and she said “yes.” She was chosen because she had been sending many boxes to her grandson, Sam, a Marine, who had been deployed five times.
The church had a military prayer listing but it was out dated and none were listed that were deployed. She found a soldier that was and immediately sent three boxes.
All the troops share which is a wonderful habit. So when the boxes are sent, extra things can be added. This soldier was transferred elsewhere and no new address was given to the church.
In July, four local Marines were found. They would be deployed at the end of the month. Johnson’s desire was to send boxes monthly to each Marine. Since the congregation was small, she would need some outside help.
It came immediately. Your Community Bank, Hamburg location, was told about this project and wanted to help. Their other branches also helped with donations. They are very cheerful givers and are making this project a success.
With the combined support and efforts of Your Community Bank and Speed Memorial Church, so far 12 boxes have been sent and four more are ready to be sent.
Donations are still being accepted at the Hamburg location of Your Community Bank and Speed Memorial Church in Speed. The boxes also contain letters, notes and even the small children send pictures that they have colored. They all enjoy helping.
The congregation of the church not only brings in lots of items for the boxes, but gives freely to the cost of postage. The feedback from the troops’ families is great.  They are very grateful for the boxes to their sons, but also for the love, concern and prayers.
And all who are a part of this project are grateful to these troops who volunteer to keep us safe by protecting our country. They risk their lives daily. May God protect them and bring them home safely.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:03