New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 6A — Hbrald-ZeituNG — Thursday, April 24, 2003Beauty school shows support for troops by adopting units
By Sean Bowlin
The fighting in Iraq is pretty much over, but that hasn’t stopped a local beauty school from adopting two units of U.S. troops.
Like many local and national organizations and businesses, the Seguin School of Beauty’s New Braunfels branch on San Antonio Street is showing its concern for the needs of deployed soldiers by sending them hard to get personal items.
“Its a personal endeavor,” said school Manager Mary Castilleja.
The items are going to the sailor! aboard the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cushing through Brian Pullin, whose mother, Mary Cortez, is a long-time school customer. And Cortez’s daughter, Cody
Cork asks community to help out food drive
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Mayor Adam Cork joined County Judge Danny Scheei Tuesday in seeking community support for this year’s letter carriers’ food drive — issuing a special challenge tx) local community service organizations.
“I want tx) encourage everyone* to participate in the food drive,” Cork said Tuesday at a news conference conducted with Scheei and letter earner Don McBroom.
U.S. Postal Service carriers around the United States will collect millions of pounds of food on May IO. The* food will he distnbuted to community food banks.
In Comal County, food collect)-d would go to food banks in Canyon Lake and New Braunfels.
“Its not difficult to do and will show what a big heart this community has,” Cork said.
McBroom said all those who can donate* need do is leave nonperishable food wherever they pick up their mail on May IO.
“Put it by your mailbox, door slot or cluster box and th<* letter earners will do the rest,” McBroom said. “You can also bnng it to the post office lobby. We’ll have hampers in place McBroom said this year’s food dnve com*** at a time when the local food banks face aeneus depletion.
“They always have to buy perishable items milk, bread — but tliLs year, they’re having to buy canned goods as well just to keep their shelves stocked,” McBroom said.
‘The food banks are running
down to hare shelves this year," Sch<*el said. “In light of the disasters and layoffs last year, local resources have been stretched thin.”
Cork mentioned his Lions Club, which he said had participated in programs to gather food for the food bank in New Braunfels.
“I want to challenge the service dui)s to participate as well and find their own ways to donate food,” the mayor said
“So Danny, your Rotary club’s on notice Wert* going to ou tool lect you,’ Cork promised.
Scheei took the challenge, but he said lie thought tin* contest should be conducted on a per-capita basis.
“Wait a minute,” Scheei Haul “Your clubs three times bigger than ours ”
(fork told the judge he’d better get txj work
Lee Zach, is in the 297th Transport Company based at Ft. Hood.
Castilleja talked about the customers.
“We have some of them [soldiers) that have been students here in the past, and also some of our customers have children that are there [in Iraq]. And we have a lot of older clientele,” she said.
Because of those ties, Castilleja said the idea occurred tx) her to do something to help support U.S. troops.
“So, we just got some packages together and just started
writing them letters and sending them things that they need,” she said.
Castilleja decided to mail personal items to the troops, many of whom left in such a rush that they didn’t have time to acquire a staple of personal goods. And they haven’t had much opportunity overseas to replace what they carried with them.
“Theres not a lot of places over there to get the kind of items they need,” Castilleja said.
So she said the beauty school mailed Pullin, his fellow sailors and Cortez and
her fellow soldiers five boxes
of different things they can use — shampoo, conditioner, hard candy, deodorant, toothpaste Gatorade (“Water’s pretty scarce there, but they need to keep up their strength,” Castilleja said), letters and socks.
Beauty school employee Lydia Rodriguez also sent crackers, candy and stuffed animals.
“We feel IOO percent good,” she said of the effort. “We support them IOO percent.”
Rodriguez said she doubts she could put up with being deployed.
Castilleja said the first two of the five boxes were assembled and sent within a week. The staff had a lot of help from people coming by the school and donating items.
“They know we support them and are proud of them,” the school manager said.
Castilleja said her emotions about the deployment of U.S. troops overseas are mixed.
“I’m really proud that we can go help people who sincerely need it, and they do need it,” Castilleja said of the effort to liberate Iraq from Saddam Hussein’s rule. ‘They have a ruler almost
like Hitler, and so I felt that someone needed to go and help those people.”
Castilleja is grateful for the release of the POWs. But she also bemoans the loss of American troops, shot by Iraqis and left in shallow graves.
Pullin and Zach’s father, Joe Cortez, said he’s glad Brian and Cody lx?e are doing their duty. But he has his concerns.
“I’m proud of what they’re doing, but being a parent, I just worry a lot. I just hope they’re safe and they come home,” Cortez said.
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