Bountiful Boxes Sent to Soldiers
By Alexandra Cannon, Staff Writer
Friday November 17, Kosse Cares took donations and assembled 100 boxes to send as care packages to deployed soldiers in other countries as well as those stationed in the states. Stretched across the tables of the Kosse Community Center tables were snacks, games, hygiene products, books and more to allow an assembly line type setup for members and volunteers to efficiently fill the boxes. This is one of the main projects Kosse Cares heads up every year.
“Whoever really needs a package is referred to us,” Kenda Eckols explained. “We started in Limestone County and Bremond, but it's expanding out farther to Hearne and Marlin that we ship to.”
Eckols started Kosse Cares 5 years ago with her husband Mitch, and sister Karen, who did the legwork to make it a 501c. When her son became a Marine, Eckols realized having a network of other locals with children or family in the military would help her feel more at ease about the situation.
“There wasn’t any kind of support group and as a mom, I kept looking to say ‘hey I need some support!’” Eckols remembers. “I got to talking to other parents and I know they needed something, even if it's just ‘hi, how ya doing?’ support. So I took the reins and I kind of started it. At least we know what they’re going through when their kids are in boot camp and stuff like that.”
Since the creation of Kosse Cares, projects like this one have been funded by bake sales, gun raffles, and the generous donations of money, time and goods by people all over the area. Woody’s in Centerville donated $500 worth of jerky for the boxes, one individual brought party favor type bags full of candy, another woman brought protein bars, and the list continues.
“We don’t really have a membership fee, it's just whoever wants to help.” Eckols stated. “We have people here helping that didn’t get to help with the gun raffle. And then we have people who helped with the gun raffle who didn’t get to help here so it's kind of spread out.”
The non-profit works goes the extra mile to take care of locals who enlist, and Kosse Cares is proud to recognize the brave Americans who devote their life to our country. For many graduating seniors who step up to serve this country, encouragement and support motivates them to work hard to make their hometowns proud.
“The seniors that graduate from Bremond and Groesbeck that go into the military receive military plaques from Kosse Cares that say we support you. We need to recognize more.” Eckols said.
Kosse Cares is very active in the community and a couple members were present for the Veterans Day recognition ceremony at the courthouse
“We’ve always tried to be involved in things related to military to bring awareness to what we’re doing.” Eckols stated.
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