A grandson’s request leads to gift of warmth
3:49 PM, Feb 16, 2011 | by Tony Leys
Mae Kaestner got a surprising response when she asked her grandson if she could get him anything to make life more comfortable in Afghanistan.
Her grandson, National Guard Staff Sgt. Peter Moeller of Atkins, replied that he didn’t need anything. “He said, ‘Oh, I’m OK, but the kids here are so cold. Maybe you could send them some quilts and coats and stuff.’”The conversation happened shortly before Christmas via the internet service Skype. Kaestner, 80, was at her home in Newhall and her grandson was at Bagram Airfield in eastern Afghanistan.
His request soon turned into a notice in the Sunday bulletin at Kaestner’s church, St. John Lutheran in Newhall. The bulletin led to a stream of donations. “It was phenomenal how much poured in,” Kaestner said. Parishioners donated coats, gloves, hats, socks and yard after yard of fleece material for blankets. The 900-member church has sent 34 cartons so far, with postage paid with several hundred dollars worth of cash donations....
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