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West Memphis
Kathy Morris Reports

Soldiers Need Help with "Operation Home Front Support"

July 15, 2003 - Posted at: 2:34 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. --  As Operation Enduring Freedom continues, soldiers supporting that effort are starting a new project to help make their deployment more successful.

Members of the Army's 2-20th Special Forces Group who are stationed in Afghanistan are asking for help as part of 'Operation Home Front Support.'

The operation is their effort to help improve the quality of life of those living in that country. It's also a way for the civil affairs specialists to enhance community relations, and build trust and rapport within the villages they visit.

Sergeant Bill Spencer is a member of the 220th. The West Memphis resident has e-mailed his family information about the operation.

His sister, Dawn Deering, spoke about the project from her home in West Memphis. She said, "I was impressed to find out it's not all about war; that they are over there helping other people."

Deering and her daughter, Lauren, are proud of Sgt. Spencer, and are hopeful efforts of the soldiers of the 220th are successful.

"The Bible tells us to love one another and lend a hand, you know, lend a hand to someone else that needs it," said Deering. "You don't have to expect anything in return."

Operation Home Front Support Supplies
school supplies
hygiene items
clothing
binders
band-aids
children's clothing
blackboard chalk
sidewalk chalk
bar soap
children's shoes
book bags/backpacks
blankets
children's toys
children's books
children's vitamins
plastic containers
construction paper
sandals
crayons
cotton swabs
socks
erasers
drinking cups
t-shirts
erasable markers
pill containers
women's shoes (no heels)
notebooks
plastic gloves
pens
shampoo
work gloves
paper
surgical masks
pencil sharpeners
toothbrushes
pencils
toothpaste
permanent markers
towels
rulers
stencils

Send your care packages to:

William Phillips (Civil Affairs)
Unit 3, 220
APO AE 09311

E-mail questions to ohfs220@yahoo.com

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