Bend In The Branch

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Monday, August 15, 2005

A Little Piece of Home

goes a long way.

For the troops, pictures worth a thousand words

You can’t stop at a traffic light without seeing them: the yellow “Support Our Troops” ribbon-shaped magnets on the backs of cars. “But the poor guys over there don’t see any of that,” said David Grookett. That’s why his wife at Grookett Photography is partnering with Richland Mall to shoot free portraits for military families and friends.

Grookett said this can be a portrait of anyone with a loved one who is deployed — “dependents, parents, grandparents, any extended family member as well as fiancees, school buddies and co-workers.”

Or, if your loved one is still stationed here, you can get these photographs done now before they are deployed.

He said the effort was inspired when the Iraq war began.

“All these groups were trying to send care packages,” he said. But the troops overseas would say, “We’re moving fast and furious conducting a war. We can’t get bogged down with that.”

So his wife figured the best way to show support was to send durable, wallet-sized photos that “can go right in their shirt pocket in their uniform.” On the back is an American flag and encouraging words. Enclosed with the photos will be a note from the family.

All you have to do is bring your deployed loved one’s address and the photos will be sent for you. Free wallet-sized and larger prints also will be sent to the family or friends being photographed.

A specific location is still being confirmed, but the pictures will be taken at the lower level of Richland Mall from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call (803) 254-8822.

The State Online


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