HANCEVILLE, Ala.- The Wallace State-Hanceville softball team, with help from the Birmingham X -POW Chapter, recently sponsored a drive to send goods to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
A total of 26 boxes of supplies ranging from flea collars and baby wipes to beef and packaged tuna were mailed to Afghanistan on Thursday in response to a request from Staff Sergeant Kyle Silvernale, who outlined his company's desperate need for certain supplies due in part to the remoteness of their location.
The project was initiated by Wallace State employee Marsha Bradford. "Marsha was the inspiration behind the project," softball coach Jayne Clem said. She really got the project started and stayed with it all the way through."
Collection boxes were placed on campus by the softball team and money and goods were collected over the summer. As the drive ended, the money raised was used to purchase additional supplies and the items were packaged and shipped to Silvernale and his fellow servicemen and women.
The Wallace State softball team and organizers at Wallace, including Martha Morgan, who obtained shipping sponsors and organized the Wallace State Library's collection of goods, raised nearly $1000, mostly from on-campus donations. Wilma Bristow, a Hanceville native, along with fellow members of The Birmingham X - POW Chapter raised more than $500.