Items needed for Jenkinsburg Hero Box

With Memorial Day right around the corner, troops deployed overseas will see that even the people in tiny Jenkinsburg appreciate their efforts to protect freedom.

The City of Jenkinsburg has adopted service members stationed overseas through the “Hero Box” program.

The program is designed to provide physical items and moral support to troops stationed overseas.

And Jenkinsburg is looking for more support for the efforts -- especially during Memorial Day.

Jenkinsburg City Councilman Kenneth Rooks said that the effort is good for the morale of the troops and an effort to help them be as comfortable as they can be while in combat.

“If you are in the grocery store, pick up a few extra things to drop in our Hero Box located at Jenkinsburg City Hall,” Rooks said. “We want to help support troops who are away from their families.”

Jenkinsburg is actively sponsoring Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Stark of Salt Lake City, Utah. Rooks said Stark receives a care package every month through the program.

Stark has several requests, but one of the biggest is junk food.

“Troops are not able to access the things we try to avoid here at home, like junk food,” Rooks said. “Simple things like coffee and coffee creamer, candy, and powdered drink flavoring are among the things that are on top of his list.”

Rooks said that the city has sponsored Stark since November 2011, and that his tour is expected to be over in June.

In the “last conversation I had with Mr. Stark, he told me that he was counting the days until he could come home to see his family,” Rooks said.

The city has sponsored several troops throughout the years, and the efforts will continue even after Stark comes home, Rooks said. “We will pick another troop to sponsor and do it all over again after our current troop’s tour is over,” he said.

Several local merchants have stepped up to support this effort including: JR's Auto Repair & Castrol Express Lube, Jenkinsburg Superette, Calvary Temple Church of God in Christ, Kuhn's Collision Care, Classic Cuts, Redemption Ink, S I A Insurance and Glenda's Hair studio. For more information, call Jenkinsburg City Hall at (770) 775-4850. City Hall is located at 211 Maple Drive.