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Heroes on the Homefront: Wymberley Garden Club

The ladies of the Wymberley Garden Club have put together more than 70 care packages containing more than 1,000 pounds of goods for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ladies of the Wymberley Garden Club have put together more than 70 care packages containing more than 1,000 pounds of goods for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Each package is packed tightly with a combination of reading materials, personal hygiene products and snacks. Each package is packed tightly with a combination of reading materials, personal hygiene products and snacks.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Cookies are always a good start.

And for the Wymberley Garden Club, they started a project that turned into a cause and that cause has made a difference for deployed and deploying members of the US military.

"They're our guys over there, our sons, America's sons,'' says Daphne Chestnut, a Wymberley Garden Club member. "And if we don't support them, there's something wrong with us.''

There is nothing wrong with the support that has come steadily from the kitchens, pocketbooks and hearts of the  Wymberley Garden Club.

Last spring, they started mailing care packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. And in less than a year, they have sent more than 70 boxes containing more than 1,000 pounds of items that bring a little bit of home a little closer to soldiers stationed away from it.

"They laugh when we go to the post office because they say you get every ounce in there you can and we do,'' says Anita Adair, the club's secretary. "At the beginning it was nothing but personal hygiene products because they did not have it. But we also give them goodies, so they get a mixture.''

Individually, the soap products and snacks in one of the boxes might not seem like much. But together, they represent the care and love that has gone all the way around the world from a community that measures just a few square blocks.

The Wymberley club's 35 members donate all of the items for the care packages and also pay for the $9 flat-fee postage per box themselves. 

But those packages represent just the latest step in an effort that started when one of the Wymberly ladies, who heads up USO volunteers locally, was asked what the club could do to help.

"She said bake cookies,'' says Adair. "So for the entire year of 2007, we have baked thousands and thousands and thousands of cookies.''

Ten thousand by one estimate, enough the ladies say that no 3rd Infantry Division soldier who has flown out of Hunter Army Airfield in the last year left without some.

"The troops are as cute as they can be,'' says Adair. "For a little while, they're kind of ambling around. But you say home cookies, and we get them just like a swarm of bees.

"And then they want to know if you have a little bag, if we can give them some to take on the plane. And generally any of the cookies that we have left are packed and put on the plane with them."

For many of the soldiers, that is just the first taste of home they get from the Wymberley Garden Club. 

Reported by: Tim Guidera, tguidera@wtoc.com - Read more of Tim's stories here.

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