Callie Shaw's husband Charlie is in the 45th Infantry serving his second tour of duty in the mountains of Afghanistan, along with three of his cousins.
"I know there are a lot of men in his infantry that don't receive packages from home and it breaks my heart," said Callie Shaw. She said the 45th Infantry has lost seven men in Afghanistan. She is part a group of soldiers wives who mail donations to the soldiers.
According to Shaw, people can contact her or bring donations to Nobel Finance, 101 E. Third in Grove.
The wives get together every couple weeks and put together packages to mail.
"Anyone interested can adopt a soldier," she said. "There are many who don't receive anything from home and I know the guys get so excited to get things.
According to Grove resident Sam Edwards, whose family has adopted soldiers in the past, "you won't necessarily get a young person, you might get an adult. We adopted a 40-year-old man who had family, but never got anything. We would send him CDs, Ramen Noodles, anything we sent they loved; music, pictures, playing cards, little stuff that helps keep them busy," she said.
For more information on how to adopt a soldier from the 45th Infantry or where to send donations, contact Callie Shaw at 918-801-8356 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other options include: www.adoptaussoldier.org or AAUSS.
Sam Edwards and her family use this organization to do their adoptions.
According to AAUSS the United States has more than 330,000 troops deployed worldwide. Adopt-A-U.S.
Soldier is a non-profit organization that seeks volunteers to help show the brave men and women fighting for our freedom that their sacrifices will not go unnoticed. It connects supportive civilians with deployed troops and offers a channel by which to communicate encouragement and express gratitude to those brave men and women serving in the armed forces.
Shaw created the list below of needed items, however, she said "pretty much anything non-perishable. They will appreciate anything from home."
Items she suggested are a toothbrush, toothpaste, disposable razors, boxes of water flavoring, soup (the kind you add water to), baby wipes, pens, paper, small envelopes, playing cards, beef jerky, trail mix, candy (no chocolate, it melts), Frito chips, bean dip, cheese dip, coffee, small containers of creamer, Chapstick hand warmers, feet warmers, soccer balls, footballs (Afghan kids love them), dark colored twin sheets, laundry soap and fabric softener sheets, magazines, shampoo, soap, deodorant, face wash, granola bars, shaving cream, canned food, Jolly Ranchers, gum and toilet paper.