As a U.S. Marine stationed in Afghanistan, Lance Corporal Kenneth Windom was surprised when he received care packages from the individuals and staff of Arc’s East Henrietta Day Services.
“I wasn’t expecting them, so it was pretty cool. They all signed a letter letting me know how much they appreciate what we are doing for their country. My niece Carmen is a staff person there. She understands why I need to be there. All my relatives are proud.”
“The energy drinks, drink mixes and snacks they sent all came in handy. It was very hot. It was 136 degrees in Afghanistan when I first got there. It was tough at first but you learn to deal with it. They sent a lot of good stuff, but the socks were the main thing. That’s what we really need the most, since we’re on our feet constantly in the heat and we could only pack so much before we left.”
Kenneth came home recently to see his newborn baby daughter, London Sky. While in Rochester, he visited the day program to show his appreciation to Carmen and the others. They raised the funds by collecting cans and hope to continue sending packages to troops every month.
“I think it’s a good program,” said Kenneth. “I think it’s important that people with disabilities aren’t shoved aside by society. Sometime in the military someone will pull rank but it shouldn’t be like that in the civilian world.”
“The Marines are based on a brotherhood. On the battlefield we’re all brothers. Nothing else matters. Helping people with disabilities is based on that same mentality. We should help those who need help.”