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03/26/03

Naval Hospital Sends Care Packages

Thousands of our neighbors are serving America overseas right now, including more than 50 sailors from Beaufort's Naval Hospital. And back here at home, their families are making sure they have everything they need. Friends and family members of sailors serving in the Middle East are sending messages of hope and love overseas.

"I just want to show them that we're remembering them every single day," Angela Clark, whose husband is deployed, said. "Our thoughts are with them constantly and we just want them home soon."

The Naval Hospital Beaufort plans to send off this care package next week, and it's looking for businesses to get involved. For more information, call Joyce Viator at 843-228-5301.

Many of the deployed sailors are serving in the fleet hospital near the heated grounds. But loved ones back in Beaufort, like Beth Gideon and her two children, are working together to send their sailor a little piece of home with a surprise care package for Easter.

"I think everyone over there will feel special that we took the time to sit down and put something together," said Beth.

"He'll probably be smiling and saying oh my garsh," said daughter Tasha.

And sending these pictures and letters gives these children a sense of hope.

"It helps them to understand that he's not gone for good, so they know he's still around," said mother Gina Lewis.

"He'll be happy because we gave him something," said daughter Ashley Gearhart.

Inside bags of goodies are a rubber band to remind them to be flexible and a piece of gum to encourage them to stick with it, not matter what.

"We want to make sure they know their loved ones at home are thinking of them, and that we're behind them," Joyce Viator, the hospital's command family ombudsman, told us.

The Naval Hospital Beaufort plans to send off this care package next week, and it's looking for businesses to get involved. For more information, call Joyce Viator at 843-228-5301.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

 

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