Local National Charity League chapter sends care packages to Robins Air Force Base

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Macon chapter of the National Charity League wants to make the lives of military men and women a little easier. Members said sending care packages is the least they could do to thank those who serve our country.

“It’s a nice way to tell them thank you and give them a little sense of the Macon family,” Wimberly Dennis explained.

Wimberly is one of the many young women in the Cherokee Rose Chapter of the National Charity League who spent their Sunday afternoon packing shoe boxes for men and women who will soon be overseas.

“I hope Wimberly and all of her friends learn that serving others is heart warming, important and [they] develop their leadership skills,” said Wimberly’s mother, Kathryn Dennis.

The National Charity League is a mother-daughter service organization dedicated to building socially responsible women leaders through volunteerism and supporting local philanthropies.

“This year she just became a grade level adviser, so it’s fun to have her with my grade,” Wimberly said about her mother.

The Macon chapter adopted a unit of 60 men and women from Robins Air Force Base.

“We were told they were going to be deployed to the Middle East at some point in the near future,” said Laurie Gregory, Co-President of the Cherokee Rose Chapter.

Each shoe box is filled with items ranging from socks to ibuprofen. Gregory said the chapter was told to include foot care items because the heat and sand can be rough on the service men and women’s feet. Chapter members also added a note to each box to show their appreciation.

“These 60 service men and women are leaving their families in November. They’re going to be gone during the Holidays. This is a small thing that we can do to say thank you to the men and women who have given so much for our freedom,” Kathryn said.

This project is called “Service from the Heart.” It’s the National Charity League’s second National Philanthropy Initiative. It runs from September 2015 through February 2016. The organization said 22 states will partner with local communities to identify the needs of military families and organize a project to provide service to those families.

“It’s always nice to feel like somebody recognizes their service and if in some small way we can provide them with something that lets them know we noticed, we care and we appreciate what they’re doing for us, then it’s a worth while activity,” said Gregory.

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