For the past year, they have donated a 10' x 20' climate- controlled unit to Nina Gayheart to help her work with Operation Interdependence, a "civilian-to-military delivery system® that serves as a program for Americans to demonstrate their support for our deployed military."Gayheart
, whose son, Lance Cpl.
(left) and Rebecca Forest
saw a website listing items that the troops wanted and needed."I couldn't believe they had to buy this stuff themselves," she
That's when she
stepped into action.She
needed a climate-controlled unit, and thought that surely someone would be willing to help.And Slaughter Creek Storage was.When Gayheart
approached manager Bruce Hirsch, he
readily agreed to donate a climate-controlled unit.
"Bruce has just been fantastic," said Gayheart
There have been several TV stations out here interviewing Nina
.In fact in the year since we've donated the unit, we've gone from 61% occupancy to 99%.It's been a win-win situation."Twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Gayheart
and three or four volunteers meet at the unit, one of 13 shipping centers across the country, and pack boxes with donated items using special Ziploc bags (filled with everything from cookies to dental and shaving items) that will fit in battle fatigue pockets.For security reasons, all the volunteers who help Gayheart must register with Operation Interdependence at www.oidelivers.org.
opened a binder filled with numerous letters from soldiers in Iraq, showing their gratitude.She
pointed out one from a captain, who had taken the time to tell her
how much his
troops appreciated the care packages. "Last month, 16 of his
men died in a bomb attack," she
said, a grim reminder of the harsh realities of war.