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Little Flock works to help troops, including its former pastor

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By Stephen Thomas

 PIONEER VILLAGE - Soldiers from the 101st Airborne division stationed at FOB Blessing in Afghanistan could use all the extra blessings they could get.

Little Flock Baptist Church, along with the Little Flock Christian Academy, hopes to assist them with exactly 500 more.

The Bullitt County church created “500 Blessings for FOB Blessing” as a program to send high-demand necessity items to the troops.

FOB Blessing was selected because the Army Chaplain, Joey Odell, served as a Little Flock executive pastor prior to deployment.

“(Odell) was at West Point first, with a helicopter squadron,” said program co-chair Monica Henderson. “He served Little Flock as an intern before becoming executive pastor. Once he finished at the seminary he re-enlisted.”

Church members keep in contact with Odell via Facebook, though not too often. Henderson said FOB Blessing was located in a dangerous region of the country.

The church decided to assist with individual family care packages. After speaking with Odell, members decided to up the offer.

“We wanted each package to be personal,” Henderson added.

Odell was encouraged to select the top five to 10 items soldiers could use or would want most.

“Not overwhelming donations,” Henderson said. “Something to put in a collection that would fit into a one-gallon Ziploc bag. Smaller sets of items, like travel packs.”

Donors are encouraged to fill out the list of items presented by Odell in each package, along with a $5 donation toward shipping and a personal encouragement or thank you letter to the receiving soldier from the donor.

Henderson mentioned Publishers Printing also offered to assist with shipping charges.

The care package wish list includes: wipes; beef jerky (brand name, not generic); disposable razors, shampoo, candy, Kool-aid singles, Q-Tips (small or travel size), deodorant, air freshener (hanging, stick-ups or plug-ins only).

The church will continue to collect packages through Sunday, Jan. 30. Henderson said the group hoped to have everything ready to ship by Feb. 1 in hopes that it will arrive at FOB Blessing by Valentine’s Day.

Donations and items are accepted. Henderson said extra items may be placed in a separate box.

Boxes may be dropped off at Little Flock from 9a.m.-5p.m. weekdays or at Sunday church services.

For more information call Monica Henderson, (502) 589-9400.