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Soldier donates food, water to tornado victims

Posted November 24, 2008

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— An 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper anonymously donated more than 50 cases of non-perishable food and water to the relief effort for the Nov. 15 tornadoes.

"My secretaries both were crying. They said, you know, it kind of gave them chills," said Beverly Browne, principal at J.S. Waters School in Goldston, where the food and water was found last Thursday morning.

Attached to the 47 cases of food – pork and beans, green beans, soup and other items – and five cases of water was a note that said, "Help for tornado victims. Thanks. Unknown 82nd Airborne Paratrooper."

"Here's someone who's serving our country, who's probably not appreciated enough – and we just celebrated Veterans Day – but they don't want any acknowledgment," Browne said. "(The soldier) will be truly blessed, because (the) blessing is for a lot of people, and we're very appreciative of that."

The school is at least 40 miles from Fort Bragg and is even farther from any tornado damage. The line of storms devastated communities from Sampson to Edgecombe counties.

"We really hadn't talked about doing anything for tornado victims. This kind of happened by happenstance," Browne said. “I think it was a divine intervention thing because we’re such a community-oriented school and my kids are always looking for ways to give back.”

The donation was taken 80 miles to Kenly Free Will Baptist Church, where it was distributed to some of the hardest-hit areas.

"It has gotten to where it needed to go, and it's still doing it," said the church's pastor, Rev. Harold Swinson.

Some people likened Kenly to a war zone after the storms swept through. Like the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan the 82nd Airborne has been deployed to in recent years, people can lose their homes in a single, calamitous instant, and they need help to recover.

“You’ll never know how much it really means to these people,” Swinson said. "(This will help them) be able to stock their cabinets without the expenditure of the groceries."

He said he plans to write a thank-you letter to the 82nd Airborne.

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  • SME2 Nov 25, 2008

    This station must have mistaken this story for one involving someone getting killed.

    I Love Seeing Stories Like this!

  • teresafrench Nov 25, 2008

    This young man will truly be blessed. God does work in mysterious ways. Thank you for serving our country and protecting up, you'll always in our thought and prayers. You deserve an honors medal for your kindness. We should all learn from this. Be Blessed, with Thanksgiving coming up we should all remember what it is all about. Being Thankful for giving to those who are less fortunate, if you give, do as this young man did do it from the heart because you want too, not because you have too. God Bless You.

  • HappyGirl08 Nov 25, 2008

    Thank you.

  • majorme Nov 25, 2008

    That is awesome! Thank you whoever you are for providing for those less fortunate and showing hope and kindness in a world that seems to be losing these values! Thank you and God Bless You!

  • Tired Of Excuses Nov 25, 2008

    What a great act by someone who has sacrificed for his or her country. I seriously doubt the act had anything to do with our newly elected president....give me a break.

  • Sessy V--V Nov 25, 2008

    SWEET !

  • 3potato4 Nov 25, 2008

    BTW, I don't understand the Obama connection, pro or con. Please don't take away from this soldier what is clearly an act of his generosity alone.

  • 3potato4 Nov 25, 2008

    What a wonderful, generous act! This soldier certainly puts his money where his mouth is concerning his love of country. He is a real American hero!

  • Dogs_Rules Nov 25, 2008

    One would think that serving their county would be enough; Not for the US Military. If only their Commander-in-Chief-elect could be worthy of such outstanding personel.

  • THE ETERNAL Nov 24, 2008

    Great concern from a great soldier, inspired by our newly elected-President.

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