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March 19, 2013

A decade of giving

Group looks back at 10 years of supporting troops overseas


She has since joined the Air Force Reserves and become a registered nurse. Her husband, Ben, is an Air Force combat medic and tech sergeant stationed in Missouri. He, too, has been deployed several times during the wars.

The Moodys’ son Scott, a senior master sergeant serving at a base in Albuquerque, N.M., has served three overseas tours in the Air Force.

“It’s one thing when you go overseas and you fight in a war, and you are in harm’s way and your loved ones are at home,” Dick Moody said. “But this troop support brought us into a realization that we are sitting at home and our daughter and our son are in the war zone. I would tell you, any day of the week, I would much rather be in the war zone than sitting back here. This is terrible, because you don’t know what to expect.”

When their efforts started, daughter Amy Lynn Knapp, who now lives in California, and son Dave, of Danvers, helped pack the boxes. Then, members of the Danvers VFW pitched in, and other residents stepped up. The Moodys worked out of their home because they assumed “the war wasn’t going to last that long,” Christine Moody said.

Over the years, the Moodys have won accolades both locally and nationally, including the Very Important Patriot Award by the National Military Family Association in 2006. The same year, they were featured on a box of Frosted Flakes. Former Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, now secretary of state, read a citation honoring their efforts into the Congressional Record in December 2009.

The Moodys said they are especially thankful to those who have stepped up to raise money or wrap packages at large public events. Schools, churches, Scouts, businesses, civic organizations and former soldiers have all contributed in one way or another. Donations are still coming in to cover the $1,000 to $2,000 needed for postage each week.

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