The mission began with a simple conversation. Dr. Michael Shaw, a local chiropractor, made a habit out of conversing with Kim Wetnight, an employee at Rebergers Cleaners, a dry cleaning operation in Brazil.
Wetnight's husband, Paul, an Army E-7 Sergeant First Class, had been serving in Iraq, and Shaw would frequently inquire about how he was doing.
As conversations progressed, Wetnight informed Shaw her husband and several other members of his platoon, had to make an effort to discover some type of recreational activity as they were "in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do."
The primary activity Sgt. Wetnight and company enjoyed was playing volleyball.
Unfortunately, for the participants, their games were not funded with exemplary equipment and they were forced to play with flat volleyballs and garbage bags for nets. Shaw said he was disheartened to hear of the shoddy conditions the local troops were playing with and sought a way to give them better recreational options.
"I just want our boys to get a little recreation while they're fighting for our freedom," he said.
In an order to get the local unit better equipment, Shaw and Rebergers owner Charlie Reberger -- a former Sergeant Major in the Army National Guard -- teamed up with Coaches Corner, a sporting goods outlet in Terre Haute, to ship Wetnight and his company new materials, which included four volleyballs and two nets. Shaw said he attempted to get the materials out through the military, but was unsuccessful.
The delay seemingly became meaningless on July 24, when Wetnight, whose primary duty had already been completed, was sent home to tend to a family emergency.
And although the local soldier, who inspired his good deed, Shaw remained undeterred in trying to deliver the goods to local soldiers, and he sought out the combat veteran for assistance.
Shaw was in contact with Wetnight after he returned home from active duty and Wetnight informed him if he was still interested in delivering the goods, he would be able to send it free of charge.
As a result, the 138th Quartermaster out of Brazil will receive the four new balls and two new nets, which were originally intended for Wetnight.
"It's a great morale booster for the troops," Wetnight said. "There's been an outpouring (of support). This gives them something to look forward to."
Wetnight also dedicated flags to both Reberger and Shaw for their support.
Kim Wetnight said aside from the recreational joy the equipment may bring, she knows first hand the joy soldiers serving overseas feel when they receive personalized care packages from home.
"(A personalized package) lifts their spirits," she said. "I know they have the e-mail system, but it's still exciting for them to hear that mail call. Anything from home boosts their morale."
And while he seemed high on the morale boosting abilities of care packages, Shaw said just getting to play the sport is what the members in the military want to do.
"Our boys just want to play ball," Shaw said.