~Semper Fi Sister Beach Blast arrives Oct. 17~

Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM.

Lip balms, mini-pedicure kits, boutique shirts, all, Gunnerson noted, arriving shipped in flat boxes to allow for easy packing in the care boxes.

A retailer in Manhattan, New York, sent boxes of tote bags and gift items.

“I figured I met end up with a box of junk, but I have received a lot of great stuff,” Gunnerson said. “Even people I have not yet done business with sent checks.

“Everyone in this country, regardless of political viewpoint, wants to help the military. They just need a vehicle. It’s all about letting the servicemen and women know that the average citizen has not forgotten they are there and why they are there.”

Even Gunnerson’s dentist joined the fray. When she mentioned what she was doing and why, Gunnerson said he later produced 200 kits, complete with toothbrush, paste and floss.

Adele Armitage is the director of the Ecumenical Choir of Walton County, of which Gunnerson is also a member. The choir puts on several community performances each year to raise money for charity. A Marine mom introduced the group to Semper Fi Sisters.

Last year, the group did a concert for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and donated the money to help defray shipping costs for the Semper Fi Sisters care packages.

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