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Saturday, June 8, 2013
A word-of-mouth effort led by a Roanoke County woman to provide new bed sheets to a U.S. military medical unit in Afghanistan began with a simple prayer.
RoxAnne Christley said the night before she lost her bid to be Republican candidate for the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, she prayed to God for something to help relieve the stress.
“Well, he sure gave me something to do,” Christley said.
A simple request from a woman whose husband told her his military unit had no new sheets to use for wounded soldiers came to her, and then snowballed into a national effort.
Christley said through emails and media interviews, she and others were able to collect more than 100 sets of new linens and about $2,300 to package and ship them to Afghanistan. Christley said she mailed the sheets Monday.
In the process, Christley said, she met people locally and heard from people across the country, and their patriotism and generosity took her mind off the election and a sudden medical emergency in her family.
“The American people love their troops,” Christley said. “This is about the big hearts of the American people.”
And it’s not over, Christley said.
The Roanoke Valley Republican Women, of which Christley said she is a part, is reaching out to other soldiers in Afghanistan to find out if other units have needs the group can help meet.
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