Soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan, are warmer because of the generosity of the Crown Point (Ind.) Christian Reformed Church.
Brad Van Kuiken, a member of the church, is stationed there with his unit of 112 soldiers. He told his parents, Rob and Heidi Van Kuiken, that the unit’s cold weather gear never arrived because it was stolen en route to Kabul.
His parents sent him some fleece-lined undershirts, but Brad felt for the other soldiers. That’s when the congregation stepped in.
With money collected, a deacon bought 112 shirts at a discount, plus 480 hand and foot warmers. The church’s donation covered the $200 shipping cost as well.
Each box sent included a note that said, “Know that there are many people from this church praying for your safety.”
Brad said when the boxes arrived, the soldiers were ecstatic.
About the Author
Ruth Moblard DeYoung, a former Banner news correspondent and teacher, writes children's books. She is a member of Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, Ill.