Strangers help deployed soldier's family

Strangers help deployed soldier's family


A group of complete strangers joined together to help a soldier's family this weekend.

Richie Hendricks, a Fort Campbell soldier stationed in Afghanistan, asked for help on a public Facebook page after a large tree fell in his yard and crushed his fence over the weekend.

The next day about a dozen volunteers showed up to clear the debris.

"I just want to thank them all," Hendricks told News 2 via Skype on Sunday. "Me and my wife greatly appreciate it."

The volunteers say they didn't do all that work for recognition.

Current and former soldiers, civilians, and even a soldier's widow pitched in to help over the weekend.

"We've all been on the receiving end of a helping hand and also the giving back part," said Elisheva Melton. "And I think we can all say that giving back is more rewarding."

"Most of us would hope that someone would do it for our spouses when we were gone," Joel Hastings said.

Richie Hendricks has about ten months left in his deployment to Afghanistan.

He says he and his wife plan to have a cookout, when he returns, as a way to say ‘thank you' to those who helped out.

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