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Norman girl's military care package drive honors father's memory

An Oklahoma girl whose father was killed in Afghanistan organized a care package drive to honor his memory and help those still serving in his former unit.
BY SARAH LOBBAN Modified: March 19, 2013 at 7:36 pm •  Published: March 20, 2013
/articleid/3767476/1/pictures/1985484">Photo - Jordan Eshbaugh, 14, collects snacks and personal care items for a care package.
Jordan Eshbaugh, 14, collects snacks and personal care items for a care package.

Monya Wells was one of the first to arrive, with bags of snack cakes and other food items. She and two co-workers and a friend heard about Jordan's Care Packages through Facebook.

“I've known Jordan for about four or five years,” said Wells, a nurse at Norman Pediatrics. “I think it's a great thing that she's doing. It's a great family, and we just wanted to support the troops.”

After collecting all the items, Jordan and her mother plan to box them into 38 separate packages, one for each member of the company. She hopes to continue making care packages for the 45th in the future, with help from her mother and the Norman community.

“Another part of our unit will be deploying in the next few months, and Jordan wants to send packages to them,” Rachel Eshbaugh said. “My husband's best friend will be going then, too.”

So far, Jordan said, the community has been supportive of Jordan's Care Packages, especially her teachers and classmates. For her, the most important thing is reaching out to the soldiers to make them feel like they're more at home.

“I remember sending my dad stuff like this,” Jordan said. “He was my inspiration. I think he would be happy that I'm doing this for the people in his troop.”


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