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11/2/06-Tyler

East Texas Women's Group Sends Packages To Troops

It was a project that took the Tyler Woman's Forum back in time, sending packages to soldiers overseas.   The Women's Forum is a luncheon club formed to promote civic, social and educational programs in the community. The group says it wanted the troops to remember they have not been forgotten.  

Members are sending items like candy, magazines, lotions and even games, items the group collected the past couple of months.   Women's forum President Sherry Munn said when she read the forum's archives, she noticed during World War II the group sent items to American soldiers.

"They made hand roll bandages," said Women's Forum President Sherry Munn. "They had made wedding dresses and sent them overseas. I just thought it would be such a nice thing for us to continue that and show our troops how much we love and respect them."   The groups project hit close to home for Martha Dunlap. Her son, Sergeant Matt Moore is serving his second tour of duty in Iraq.

"He said Mom, 'I'm ok just send some things I can send to the children,'" said Martha Dunlap, Women's Forum member. "Matt just felt like if we can win the hearts of the individual children that they would realize that we are not the evil men from the west."   These women may be sending the packages, but they say they are also getting a lot in return.

"Just total fulfillment," said Dunlap. "I mean knowing that a soldier is going to get something that says I love you, or I care or I appreciate just means a whole lot." The Women's Forum put almost 50 boxes together. They hope to send more in the future, so if you have a name of a soldier overseas please call them at the Women's Building in Tyler at 903-593-3822.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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