Local Businesswoman Sends Care Packages to Troops

The supplies Karrh collected.
The supplies Karrh collected.

Thousands of troops from the Coastal Empire and Low Country are in Iraq right now, fighting the war on terror. As you can imagine, it's hard being away from your loved ones, in harm's way. And one woman wants to help make their lives a little easier...using shoeboxes.

Janice Karrh, a local businesswoman who has no friends or family in the military, saw what our soldiers and their families are going through and took it upon herself to do something. It's all this because of a chance encounter.

"A gentleman walked in the door and wanted to start an order for his wife," said Karrh, who owns John Wolf Florist on Waters Avenue in Savannah.

That gentleman was Capt. Andrew McDonald, and he walked into Karrh's shop to make sure his wife got flowers every single week of the entire year he was going to be in Iraq.

"The more I started talking to him, the more I got to know him and all my maternal instincts started coming out," said Karrh.

That's when she decided she was going to do something for deployed soldiers and their families. "I realized every one of our soldiers has families. They all have somebody."

So with the help of friends and employees, she started making shoeboxes filled with things our troops may need. Before she knew it, people started contacting her to help out, and Karrh ended up with more than 300 boxes that cost more than $30 apiece.

"That's a lot of money," said Capt. McDonald's wife Lori, who is now helping Karrh.

She says it's this kind of support that makes such a difficult situation just a little bit easier. "It's really hard to be away from your best friend, hard to be away from your husband, but he's doing it because he believes in this country and he loves this nation. How can I do anything but support him for that reason?"

Karrh has unofficially adopted Capt. McDonald and his wife. The boxes are headed to the 48th Brigade, which is deployed to Baghdad, and soldiers will hopefully get them with a few weeks.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com