Payne, Wilson on mission for military troops serving abroad
Mary Lynne Payne, left, and Joy Wilson recently took their second shipment of boxes to the Post Office for overseas delivery. The two are heading up “Packages for Heroes,” which organizes care packages for active duty soldiers serving overseas.Mary Lynne Payne and Joy Wilson may not be serving with the armed forces, but they are on a mission for servicemen and women just the same.
The pair have been hard at work on the “Packages for Heroes” project since September, and already have sent 60 boxes overseas, with plans for 30 more in the coming weeks.
They still are seeking donations to help provide even more sustenance and encouragement for men and women serving throughout the world.
Payne, director of community relations for Clarity Pointe Memory Care Assisted Living in Farragut, and Wilson, owner of the home healthcare business Right at Home, had the idea to send “care packages” to deployed men and women earlier this year.
Seedlings for the idea sprang from Payne’s personal experiences, as her son, Army Black Hawk pilot Capt. Spencer Robert Payne, was stationed in Afghanistan at the time, and she frequently sent him care packages.
She supplemented his rations with healthy snacks and other personal items, and realized that many other active-duty soldiers could likely benefit from care packages of their own.