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Mother sends soccer balls to Afghanistan

Friday, September 9, 2011

Clay County Council member Brian Wyndham (from left), Clay County Veterans Service Officer Michael Holland, Annette Walden and Walmart Assistant Manager Marvin Wells display 28 donated soccer balls. The soccer balls were donated by the Brazil and Clinton Walmarts and will be shipped to Afghanistan at the end of the month. [Order this photo]
Annette Walden's goal was to cheer up her son's Marine Corps unit.

Walden's son, Marine Cpl. Robert C. "Trey" Lemont, is currently serving in Afghanistan. His unit, the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, recently lost one of their own.

Marine Cpl. Nicholas Ott, New Jersey, died Aug. 10, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province.

The battalion deployed to Afghanistan in April and had been assigned to the Garmsir District. While there, the Marines helped maintain roads and bridges while also taking part in construction of schools and soccer fields.

Upon learning of Ott's death, all she wanted to do was help.

And now she has.

Through Walden's efforts, the Brazil and Clinton Walmarts will donate close to 30 soccer balls to the unit to present to Afghan children.

"I think this has worked out well. I'm excited," Walden said. "Anything is nice. It's nice we could do something."

Walden said her son had contacted his wife about the situation. Walden then talked with his wife and they got the ball rolling.

Walden contacted Clay County Council member Brian Wyndham, who in turn, met with Clay County Veterans Service Officer Michael Holland.

The two then contacted officials with the Brazil Walmart, which also got the Clinton store involved.

Holland said his office will help pay for shipping of the soccer balls.

"Hopefully, we'll get them out by the end of the month," Holland said.

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Annette is such a sweet-hearted person :)

-- Posted by MoralsOrMoney? on Sat, Sep 10, 2011, at 11:50 AM

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