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CORSICANA - The Navarro County Republican Women have a very special bond with group of very important men-the soldiers who work in the outpost hospital in Afghanistan and the soldiers who are taken there for treatment directly from the battlefield.
The Republican Women have previously sent two shipments of boxes containing individual toiletries for the wounded solders as a project called "Shower Our Wounded Heroes."
The Caring or America Chair, Grace Mickle, asked Captain McClellan, the Chaplin at the outpost hospital if they were in need of more toiletries and he said yes and he added the men were in real need of large bottles of shampoo and loved hard candy. Also he said he would really like to have Christmas decorations for the chapel.
The group of Republican Women went to work and joined with a very caring community soon assembled a huge shipment. Laura Blankenship, the pharmacist at Hometown Pharmacy with her coupons donated a huge stack of shampoo and bath soap. Dr. Pete McElroy when he heard about the next shipment brought out boxes of toothpaste and tooth brushes.
Garner, the young son of Grace used his own money to buy candy for the soldiers. The Republican Party asked for candy at their meeting on Monday night and Chief Justice Tom Gray won a round of applause when he came in with three bags of candy for the troops.
The Republican Women and people from all over town saved all their sample bottles of toiletries all summer long and brought them to Republican Headquarters.
With money donated for the project, Grace bought garland, lights, and ornaments and packed six boxes of Christmas decorations. The donated candy filled eight boxes.
The women who met Tuesday morning at Republican Headquarters and packed 23 boxes were Sue Ferguson, Betty Evans, Connie Lagomarsino, Kelly Haulbrook, Fredda Klock, Margie Taylor, Grace Mickle and her two sons, Tahoe and Garner.
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