hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA


January 10, 2013

Making Afghanistan feel like home

City women send Marines care packages of sweets, squirt guns


“The least we could do was to send them packages,’’ she said. “They put their lives on the line for us every day.’’

Capt. Lloyd was deployed to Afghanistan last February. Harold Lloyd then began sending his son packages of cookies, candy, nuts and other snacks, as well as personal care items such as hand cream, soap and shampoo.

“When they get a package, they all share it as some guys don’t get any, particularly some of the single guys,” Harold Lloyd said. “My son identified two Marines who he thought might enjoy getting packages of their own, and the women sent them packages, too.”

There was one item on his son’s list he didn’t expect to see: Squirt guns.

“My son told me they use them to play around with. It’s hot and it’s also a way to break the monotony,” Lloyd said. “I was joking with the ladies (Giangregorio and her mother) that he’d asked for them, and the next thing I knew they were buying squirt guns.”

Giangregorio said that for her and her mother, it was like shopping for a child.

“Who’d have imaged that toy water guns, cookies and licorice would make someone’s day,” Giangregorio said. “They sent us a card thanking us and telling us how much they appreciated what we’d sent. It made me feel amazing and it really touched my soul.”

Harold Lloyd said a young girl who rides his school bus asked if she and her mother, who works at a local dentist’s office, could send toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss to the Marines. In appreciation of the package the girl and her mother sent, Capt. Lloyd sent the girl a thank-you card that he and his fellow Marines signed.

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