Church makes care packages for N.C. Guard soldiers

Posted July 5, 2009 12:41 p.m. EDT

— A church in the Cleveland community made care packages for deployed North Carolina National Guardsmen during its July 4th weekend celebrations.

C3 Church honored citizen-soldiers, active-duty and retired military and their families during the second annual "God and Country Weekend Celebration." Church members put together more than 1,500 packages for soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.

They also had a little fun, with special guest appearances by former Miss North Carolina and Miss Garner, Amanda Watson, and the Durham Bulls' mascot, Wool E. Bull.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88 and Jeff Gordon's #24 cars were on display. The National Guard sponsors both NASCAR Sprint Cup cars.

Vintage military vehicles and helicopters also dotted the church parking lot.