Supporting Our Troops

By: Rebekah Baum
By: Rebekah Baum

Thanks to one local store, military families have been able to ship packages for free, but the Postal Shoppe needs our help. There are heroes stationed overseas and heroes among us here at home. Larry and Patty Hinkle are two of those people.

Since our country was rocked with terror on September 11, 2001, the Postal Shoppe owners have been helping military families reduce shipping costs. Thanks to two flat rate boxes authorized by the U.S. Postal Service, the Hinkles have been underwriting all of the shipping costs.

"It's a flat two-pound price, doesn't matter where it goes," says Postal Shoppe owner Larry Hinkle.

The Hinkles have been able to underwrite the costs thanks to donations and the sale of yellow ribbons, but even though the funding has been shrinking, Larry, a Gulf War veteran, says he won't end the program.

"It's nice to relate to them. You understand what they're going through. I was in the first Gulf War," says Hinkle.

As Larry describes the program's impact, he tells a story about a mother who wanted to send her son a care package.

"They decided not to buy any presents for Christmas so they could save money for the shipping. When she came in and found out about the program, she started to cry. It's a very important program, I don't want to give it up," says Hinkle.

The Hinkles continue to receive letters and pictures from service members deployed in harm’s way, letters of thanks and appreciation for keeping the troops in their hearts.

If you would like to make a monetary donation in support of the program or donate goods to be shipped to our troops, you can contact either Postal Shoppe store.

Rockford Location:
1634 N. Alpine
397-7301

Cherry Valley Location:
2205 S. Perryville
484-0940


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