Cards and letters of well wishes flooded the mail box of a Beaufort County man stationed overseas in Afghanistan.
His father says the outreach has been incredible. Ed Hamrick of Chocowinity feels he got the best Christmas gift this year any parent could get. His son's happiness. He says, "it means that there are people who care. There are people here who have not forgotten."
Captain Chad Hamrick is a medical officer in the Army. He's stationed overseas in Afghanistan.
Ed answered an add in the Washington Daily News which said it would post the address's of people stationed overseas that couldn't make it home for the holidays.
He said at first it seemed like no one responded but that was due to a snafu. Ed says, "the mail got flushed in Kandahar (Afghanistan) then arrived and he had over 50 cards from this area and he was impressed with the number and so was I."
Ed says the cards and letters mean the world Chad especially since he can't spend time with his two little boys this holiday.
Precious time Ed says with a war that could have the ultimate sacrifice. "Everyday you live with it. Everyday. But he lives with it and i do it vicariously. But if he can do it i can."
Captain Hamrick says being over sees you miss out and the simplicities of life like having candy, seasoning for their meats, and toilet paper.
" It's little things they don't have. they have big things like tanks and guns. But little things like socks and baby wipes that's the type of stuff they would really like to receive" says Ed.
Captain Hamrick is expected home sometime in March
Here is part of an email Captain Hamrick sent to his father about supplies. "...Things we would need are similar to things a college student would need in the dorms and: white socks(general sizes), chocolate candy (sent during cold months), all snacks, Ramen noodles or boxed soup, single sheets, towels, toothbrush holders, night lights, batteries, salt/pepper and meat seasoning (we have a grill and get meat from dining facility), grilling stuff (tongs, stick matches, basting brushes, meat platter), the thermal coffee mugs, toiletries, long extension cords, magazines (sports, entertainment, hunting, etc.), cards for all occasions, female stuff (we have three on the team).
You can send your donations to :
Captain Chad Hamrick
2 FST Attn: Medics
APO AE 09355