Last June, “06880” posted a plea for supplies for Sgt. Calvin Wauchope, and the 40 Marines he led and worked with in Afghanistan.
Westporters responded immediately, and generously. Within days, scores of residents dropped off toiletries, dried fruit, white socks, DVDs — and much more — at Jane Horton’s house. She boxed them up and shipped them off.
Many other residents mailed goods (and goodies) on their own. All told, over 50 large boxes were sent.
Wauchope returned to the US in December, after 7 months in Helmand Province. He was 15 miles outside of Marja — the hot spot in today’s news — locating enemy mortar fire using radio frequencies.
The experience, he says, was like nothing he’d ever had before — not even in 2 tours of Iraq.
“Southern Afghanistan society is very tribal and inclusive,” the Staples grad reports. “It was hands down the most interesting and gratifying experience I’ve ever had.”
Wauchope is re-adjusting to civilian life. He is applying to colleges in the New York area for next fall. He will study political science, so he’s looking for work — even an internship — this spring and summer in town politics, or possibly the VA.
Meanwhile, he is trying to help a former Staples friend — and fellow military man.
Cpl. Greg Jacobs has been in Afghanistan since January. As an infantryman, his days are particularly strenuous and stressful.
Wauchope — who was “blown away” by the support of Westporters last year — hopes to replicate that experience for Jacobs.
- Dry noodles (Ramen, Cup Noodles)
Pre-packaged tuna packets
Beef jerky, dried fruit
Chewing tobacco (Skoal, Grizzly — “some habits are a necessity over there”)
Chips, pretzels and any dry food
Canned soups (Campbell’s, Progresso, Chef Boyardee)
Drink packets (Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, Propel, Gatorade)
Toiletries (baby wipes, body wash, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant)
Socks (boot length)
Magazines, books, DVDs, CDs (old or new, classics or a mixtape)
“You don’t have to follow this exactly,” Wauchope notes. Some of the best packages he received were from families who added their own favorites. And, he says, “letters or pictures are a great addition.”
NOTE: The donation site has changed. Donations can now be dropped off at Jane Horton’s home: 134 Roseville Rd. There is a trunk on the front porch. She asks that drop-offs be made at “a reasonable hour.” For more information, call Wauchope at 203-451-2617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Because shipping is expensive, please consider adding a contribution to defray those costs.
You can also send supplies directly to Jacobs and his unit:
CPL Jacobs, Gregory C
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