By Wyatt Goolsby
They're called "Wounded Warrior Packs." And as much as it is about helping soldiers out by giving them supplies it's also about making sure they get the emotional support they need.
"We put in boxers for the men, personal hygiene items, razor, we take care of our military, because we do appreciate them, and we want them to know that they are loved," said Diane Cherry.
Cherry said these "Wounded Warrior Packs" are about sending the items injured soldiers need for support.
"The person that is injured, that's lying in a hospital bed, they need to know that we love them, and we care for them," explained Cherry.
Through regular emails to her son, Daniel, a Sergeant in Baghdad, she has sent numerous bags to Iraq.
"And for me personally, this allows me to feel closer to my son, helping him help others who are already oversees," said Cherry.
Members of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Odessa pledged to help Cherry by donating all kinds of goods. They promised to "pack 30 blessings," but they are happy they managed to put 37 together.
"It just makes me feel fantastic because in fact, we're able to show our love and with one soldiers there. And we are part of their extended family as Americans, and are certainly appreciative of what they do for us in the name of freedom and justice. And we are just blessed to be of support of that ministry," explained Paul Bauernfeind, the Pastor of Asbury Methodist Church.
But of all the items in each bag, the most important for Cherry is the letters from kids in the Church who have written to American Soldiers.
Thank you for fighting for us. I am so glad to live in America because there is freedom. Freedom reminds me about soldiers. My dad is in the army. Freedom is the best thing that has ever happened. You do a lot for the USA," read one letter.
If you are interested in donating any items, clothing, or money for a "Wounded Warrior Bag," there is two drop off points:
In Odessa at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4001 E. University.
Or in Midland, Century 21 the Edge, 4324 Andrews Highway, (At the corner of Midland Dr. and Andrews Highway).