Semper Fi Sisters bring Beach Blast, Boxes of Love next week

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM.

Why do young men and women volunteer to face death?

“It is just one of those weird situations,” Williams said. “We don’t hate the enemy. We don’t hate what is in front of us; we just love what is behind us.”

And with that, Williams, a resident of Freeport, took a moment to collect her emotions; to reclaim her voice, to fight off the tears.

That love of what is behind is behind the love that is packed together each year by the Semper Fi Sisters – wives, daughters, sisters, grandmothers and aunts of deployed military personnel – during their Packing Party for Boxes of Love.

The ultimate event in the ultimate getaway for loved ones of those on the fields of battle will take place Oct. 19 at the Centennial Building.

The Sisters turn the building into a factory of love, parceling items from home, in variety that would make Target envious, into boxes to be sent to the deployed soldiers for whom those boxes mean so much.

“It means a lot,” Williams said. “It’s a taste of home. It is a reminder that people remember why we are there and that we are there.

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