The Rotary Club of Thomasville, in partnership with other businesses and community organizations, is making the Christmas holiday a little brighter for the families and the soldiers of the 1230th Transportation Company, Georgia National Guard, deployed to Afghanistan. Thirty five large boxes containing over 800 pounds of “Christmas Cheer” were shipped to the unit thanks to some hard work by Thomasville Rotarians and three additional organizations, the Rotary Interact Club of Thomas County Central High School, the Thomasville First United Methodist Church and the students of Jerger Elementary School.
The Rotarians contributed to 20 boxes of supplies including snacks, hand warmers, sanitary wipes, and coffee and paid to ship all 35 boxes to Afghanistan. The Thomasville First United Methodist Church provided the rest of the gifts for the 20 boxes including Christmas cookies, snacks and Christmas cards to the troops.
The Rotary Interact Club of Thomas County Central High School provided 15 large boxes giving each of the 115 deployed soldiers a four pound Christmas gift bag consisting of a blanket, personal items, snacks, and other treats to make the holidays and their tour more enjoyable.
Students at Jerger elementary School wrote and decorated Christmas Cards to the soldiers which were included in the gift bags. Others participating in the Supporting the Troops drive included Walmart, Kevin’s, Publix, Dillon Candy, Stafford’s, from TCCHS — the staff and faculty, Future Farmers of America and the National Honor Society, First Missionary Baptist Church and the many families, churches, and other individuals who contributed items to the effort.
Rotary and Thomas County Central did not want the families of the deployed soldiers, who are having a difficult time during the holidays with their loved ones deployed to a combat zone, to be forgotten either. The 1230th TC sponsored a Family Day for spouses and children at the Armory on Sunday, Dec. 8. Rotary contributed a Bounce House and Slide to the event and some refreshments and Thomas County Central Interact provided bottled water to go along with the activities of the day.
When Capt. B. Lockhart, the Commanding Officer of the 1230th Transportation Company, heard of the Supporting the Troops effort by the community, he sent the following response, “I am speechless. Wow . . . I cannot tell you how thankful we are to have such great community support like we do. We are loved more than I think we could have imagined. The number of care packages and heroes back home that continue every day to support us is simply amazing! We will be sure to take pictures, send back emails and of course written letters thanking our hometown community for these gifts of love and support. Humbled.”