McMahan family organizes Soldier’s Ministry

A Lubbock family has spearheaded an effort to send care packages to soldiers with a lot of help from Wolfforth United Methodist Church.
Susan McMahan said there is a wide range of service members who are receiving the packages from Wolfforth United Methodist Church, including friends, relatives and simple acquaintances of church members.
She and her husband, Eddie, organized the effort because his own family had members who had served in the past. Their sons, Kade and Zachary, also help with the Soldiers Ministry.
Now church members regularly place donations into a box at church, with the children’s and youth groups getting more actively involved in obtaining items to send to the service members. During the past summer, the youths of the church collected 170 pairs of flip-flop shoes.
“They love the flip-flops, they love the hard candy, they love the hand sanitizer, they love the baby wipes,” said McMahan.
While McMahan said donations for the care packages have leveled off to a consistent level from an initial “wildfire” state, she said people are still donating weekly for the care packages.
The McMahans said Ginny Sutton and Becca Becton are also heavily involved in the Soldiers Ministry, which is gearing up to send out holiday packages to the soldiers soon.
Church members regularly hear back from the recipients of the care packages, who enjoy the items they receive as well as messages from the church members and drawings and cards from the church’s youngest members.
But Eddie McMahan said his family did not initiate the Soldiers Ministry at Wolfforth United Methodist to get responses.
“It’s just our way of giving back,” he said.

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