Community Touched By Soldier’s Simple Request For Socks

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO)— A simple request from a marine in Afghanistan has created an outpouring of support from one community in Woodbury.

Corporal Joshua Hanson’s holiday wish for socks reminded the people at the Pack & Mail in Woodbury that sometimes we take for granted the little things that can make a difference in the lives of our troops.

The Pack & Mail is a busy place this time of year with people sending out gifts and cards to loved ones.

Manager Kathleen Friendt knows every package has a story. One in particular caught her attention.

“It touched our hearts and I said we have to do something here to help out,” she said.

The package went to Hanson, a 21-year-old Marine from Woodbury who is serving in Afghanistan.

“They’re walking through water and sewage and different things all day long. Their feet are wet all of the time and they’re having to throw away their socks every two days because they can’t wear them again,” said Friendt.

Out of one request, Socks for Soldiers was born.

“Just the thought of them being able to put on warm, dry socks, gave us a good feeling,” said Friendt.

The store is collecting sock donations for Hanson and dozens of other troops.

“When we look at our day to day things and how we’re shopping for Christmas and people over there are fighting for our cause and asking for something so small,” said one man who was making a sock donation. “It really puts life into perspective.”

It was an eye opening moment for some and a morale boost for a hometown Marine, serving a long way from home.

“Sometimes there’s some downtime when you’re deployed and just the little things make the big difference,” said another man making a donation. “It also shows that there are people back home are supporting you at a different level and that’s pretty awesome.”

Pack & Mail in Woodbury will collect socks until the end of the month. All of the sock donations will be shipped off to soldiers and Marines serving in Afghanistan.

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  • j

    Great job you guys. Thanks for doing this!

  • A Vet

    We don’t ask for much, and we will lay our life down even if we don’t get a thing or come home for Christmas, or even get a chance to see our families again. But if you do send something, it is great joy, knowing we are loved. Thank You, Merry Christmas.

  • sad but true

    Happy Holidays Arch…….by the way, I needed alot of socks when I was a teenager….:)

    • jackactionhero

      And Happy Holidays to you as well.

      My teenagers go through so many socks, I don’t even bother pairing them up anymore. They can just fish them out of a basket. I do, however, immediately discard any socks with holes or excessive wear. Major pet peeve of mine.

      • desert eagle .50

        How do you determine “excessive wear”?

        Please be specific.

  • ACC

    Happy Holidays to you, jacko. Looking for coal in your stocking this year?

    If you actually read the article, not once did Ms Wagner refer to Marines as soldiers. The group running the donations named it “Sock for Soldiers,” not Wagner. And she clearly separated soldiers and Marines in the last sentence of the article.

    Try to be a little nicer next time, eh?

    • jackactionhero

      I wasn’t not being nice at all. I was pointing out a specificity. And the title of the article clearly does call him a soldier, and refers to “a soldier’s request” as well.

      Show me a United States Marine who will not bristle at being called a soldier. To be a Marine is exceptional and unique. They are not to be referred to as soldiers.

      This is about respect, and you’d do well to show some.

    • Dusty Sicard

      Agreed ..HUGE…ginormous Lump of coal

  • Dusty Sicard

    Hey “Marine” a.k.a “jackactionhero”
    Start acting like a “Marine” if u really are one! Show some respect and learn how to make statements that get your point across but show thanks as well!

    Stupid ~ Something someone does having knowledge at hand and then acting on
    Ignorance ~ Something someone acts on with-out any knowledge of the subject
    Also realize who the audience is and how they might think … If I was your Sup you would be in for a world of hurt when u showed up for work the next day ..maybe even send you back to “boot camp” so you can re-learn what it means to serve in the 21st century military forces ~ wake up “Marine” its called joint forces start acting like you are part of my United States Military !!!!

    • Dusty Sicard

      BTW ..I’m they Military medic at the end of this broadcast “JACKACTIONHERO”

      • jackactionhero

        “If I was your Sup you would be in for a world of hurt when u showed up for work the next day”

        You wouldn’t be. You haven’t attained high enough rank yet.

        But I thank and commend you for your service nonetheless.

  • Tom Wilson

    Ever hear of using soap and water to clean your clothing Marine?

  • djp

    “A soldier is a member of the land component of national armed forces”.
    Isn’t that what a Marine is?? Don’t they come in by land and fight?? What are they then??? hmmmm

    • jackactionhero

      No sir!

      But I’m not surprised you don’t know the difference between a Dogface and a United States Marine, given your description.

  • xmarine

    as a X marine from vietnam, it shocks me to see the way the guys are treated now compared to back then, i guess people finally did figure things out…..

    • jackactionhero

      History is a harsh teacher of lessons, but some will learn them no other way.

      Semper Fidelis, Marine.

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