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3WD Radio, Mecklenburg Electric and the Community Partner in “Hearts to Heroes”

 

3WD radio station in South Hill and Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) recently partnered on a project to adopt the troops of Alpha Company 3rd Platoon who are currently deployed in the Middle East and will be there for at least another six months. Greg Thrift, manager of 3WD, explains, “We sent Christmas packages to this same group of soldiers back in 2011. When we heard that they had been deployed again, we decided to send items for Valentine’s Day because they usually get items at Christmas, but not so much at other times of the year.”

 

Hailed as the “Hearts to Heroes” campaign, daily announcements were made on 3WD radio station encouraging individuals, families, Sunday school classes, and students in elementary, middle and high schools to donate items such as snack foods, playing cards, magazines, personal hygiene items, hand-made Valentine cards and anything that would brighten the soldiers’ Valentine’s Day since they will be away from their loved ones on this heartwarming holiday.

 

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative became aware of the cause, and its employees volunteered to help with the project.  MEC President and CEO John Lee comments, “Because the employees of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative have shown overwhelming and gracious support for so many causes in our community in the past, we offered to assist in this effort for the heroes who protect our freedom. We began by sending an email to our 114 employees in the Chase City, Emporia and Gretna districts asking them to donate items for the “Hearts to Heroes” project.  The response was overwhelming…. I am so proud of the giving spirit that our employees have; anytime a need arises within our Cooperative family or in the communities we serve, they are among the first to unselfishly step up and assist. Every single one of them has the desire to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Lee adds, “In addition to asking our employees to donate items, Mecklenburg Electric’s Chase City office served as a collection station for all of the items donated from throughout Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties. We used our lunch hours to prepare and pack the items for shipping overseas. We also generated large Valentine Posters that were distributed to schools so that students there could send a Valentine message to our heroes in a format that could be proudly displayed in the barracks as a constant reminder of the support from home.”

Donations were made by listeners of 3WD radio, local businesses, Brunswick Academy, Bluestone Middle School, Rivermont School in Chase City and many elementary schools in the area, such as South Hill, Clarksville, Chase City and LaCrosse.  In addition to donations, Park View Middle School’s art classes created American flags in batik design, an ancient form of art, to show their support of the troops.  Greetings from home also included recent local newspapers spanning Southside Virginia and northern North Carolina; there is nothing like keeping up with the local news to feel a little closer to home.

 

Lee continues, “We were delighted with the donations made by the community. The Cooperative’s break room was filled with all sorts of items that will be warmly received by our troops. We packed 21 large boxes with over 1,100 pounds of “THANK YOU” and labeled them to be shipped to our troops in Kuwait. I would also like to express appreciation to the Chase City Food Lion for contributing the paper bags we used to divide the items up into individual soldier packs, to Home Depot for generously contributing the boxes we used to ship the items to the platoon and to MEC’s employees for their devotion to our communities and their willingness to always do the right thing and step up when someone is in need.”

 

Thrift notes, “Our station was pleased to sponsor this venture. One of the soldiers in this group is my cousin, Brigham Wilson, who grew up here and graduated from Park View.  He serves as our platoon point of contact in Kuwait and ensures that the items are distributed among the soldiers there. At 3WD, we are always looking for ways to make a difference in our community.  We are extremely grateful to everyone who donated items and especially to Mecklenburg Electric for their willingness to partner with us in this venture and take it to the next level.”

 

Employees of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC), some of whom are pictured above, and 3WD radio station partnered in the “Hearts to Heroes” campaign to send Valentine greetings, snack foods and other items to brighten the day for soldiers in Kuwait. The Cooperative packed and shipped 21 boxes of donations that weighed over 1,100 pounds. 3WD and MEC extend
thanks to everyone who donated to this project for our heroes.

 

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Bluestone Middle School students participated in the “Hearts to Heroes” campaign, an effort sponsored by 3WD radio station and Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, to remember troops stationed in Kuwait on Valentine’s Day. The Cooperative created and printed the giant card
that was signed by students who sent their best wishes to the soldiers of Alpha Company 3rd Platoon.  The successful effort resulted in 21 boxes of donated items, weighing a collective
1,100 pounds, contributed by the community and sent to the platoon in Kuwait.

 

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Chase City Elementary School students participated in the “Hearts to Heroes” campaign by
signing a Valentine poster for soldiers in Alpha Company 3rd Platoon. The giant card was

created and printed by Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, whose employees sponsored the
event along with 3WD Radio. The Cooperative served as a collection station for donations from the community, and its employees packed and shipped 21 boxes, weighing a collective
1,100 pounds, of snacks and other items to the platoon stationed in Kuwait.

 

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Students from Clarksville Elementary School signed this giant poster sending Valentine
greetings and support to soldiers in Alpha Company 3rd Platoon who are stationed in Kuwait.
The “Hearts to Heroes” campaign was sponsored by 3WD radio station and Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative. The Cooperative designed and printed posters for local schools and volunteered to serve as a collection station for donations from the community. The posters and 21 boxes of snacks, hygiene articles and other items were packed and shipped to reach the troops before Valentine’s Day.

 

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Lucas Crutchfield (left) and Carter Early display a poster that students at South Hill Elementary School signed with handprints for the “Hearts to Heroes” campaign sponsored by 3WD radio station and  Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative. The Cooperative created the poster for the
children to sign and volunteered to serve as a collection station for items donated to Alpha
Company 3rd Platoon stationed in Kuwait.  Employees of the Cooperative packed and shipped
over 1,100 pounds of items to the platoon. 

 

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Claudia Brooks, an art student at Park View High School, displays an American flag created in
batik design (an ancient art form) to send to soldiers in Alpha Company  3rd Platoon stationed
in Kuwait. Among those in the platoon is Sergeant Brigham Wilson, a native of South Hill and

a Park View High School graduate.  3WD radio station and Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative sponsored the “Hearts to Heroes” campaign to provide packages for our overseas armed
services personnel for Valentine’s Day.

 

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Care packages containing snacks, hygiene supplies, Valentine posters and cards, and other
items were sent to the soldiers in Alpha Company 3rd Platoon, stationed in Kuwait, as part of
the “Hearts to Heroes” campaign sponsored by 3WD radio station and Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative.  Sergeant Brigham Wilson, a native of South Hill and a Park View High School graduate is pictured (back row, fourth from left) with other members of the platoon.
Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s employees joined those contributing and also collected
items donated by area students and residents. The Cooperative’s employees sorted and
packed the treats and items, which collectively weighed over 1,100 pounds, and shipped
them overseas in time for the soldiers to receive their packages for Valentine’s Day.


 

 
 
 

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