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December 23, 2012

Community pitches in for Moriah man in Afghanistan

MORIAH — Some early Christmas presents from the community are lifting the spirits of a Moriah native and his U.S. Marine company stationed in Afghanistan.

Shivering in the cold desert of Afghanistan, Lucas “Luke” Boyle says the weekly treat packages from back home have been very much appreciated.

Boyle’s parents, family, friends, area businesses and a local motorcycle group have banded together to send the packages to Luke and members of his unit.

They’ve been mailing hand-knitted hats, scarfs and gloves, candy, toothpaste, soap, trail mix, soups, jams, socks, tea, granola bars, peanut butter and many other items.

His parents, Ralph and Rhonda Boyle, have sent dozens of gift packages to Luke, thanks to all those contributing.

“We ship on Mondays and Fridays,” Mr. Boyle said. “I wrote on Facebook to see if anyone wanted to send him a card, and this started rolling in. 

“We’ve sent 38 boxes so far.”

‘SO PROUD OF HIM’

The 18-by-18-inch boxes cost $14 each to mail, and some people have also contributed money to help with postage costs. Collection jars are at Boyeau’s Grocery and Deli in Moriah Center and Frank’s Knotty Pine in Port Henry. There’s an item collection box at the Moriah Town Hall, and monetary donations can also be left there.

Luke, 24, is a corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, which provides fire support and coordination to other units. He has been in the Marines for five years and left in October for his fourth tour of duty in the Middle East.

“We’re so proud of him,” Mr. Boyle said. “His unit calls in air strikes. He’s right on the front line.”

Luke’s parents talk with him regularly on Skype, and Luke said he wants to thank the entire community and everyone who helped.

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