Wednesday, July 02, 2008


THOMPSON – The tradition of sending mail to soldiers serving in faraway lands is one well known to most Americans. But this week, members of the Thompson community sent messages with a difference – they were contained inside copies of a local book.

'Thoughts At Large' was written by Rod Ice of Thompson. Published in late 2007, the collection contains columns written about regional history, music, and pop culture. In cooperation with Thompson United Methodist Church, the author donated copies to be given to military personnel.

'Signing Sundays' were held on June 8th and 15th, at TUMC, where residents of the area were encouraged to write 'thoughts' of their own inside the books. Messages included offerings of support, gratitude, and prayer for those serving in the Middle East. Each entry added meaning to the gift from home.

Pastor Harley Wheeler observed that his congregation constantly strives to support loved ones who have been sent to distant lands.

"We pray that God will keep them safe," he said. "And bring them safely home to us."
Wine Country Books in Geneva helped by providing free shipping for the books. They have been vending readable goods to the area since last fall.

"We gladly offer this as a service for our customers," said Jane Miller, co-owner of the store. "Anyone can purchase an item here, and we will ship it overseas, free of charge. The soldiers deserve our gratitude."

Paul Hickman, a former Marine who operates 'Guitars for Grunts' to send stringed musical instruments to soldiers, said he was delighted with the project.

"Words of support and inspiration are needed for our troops just as much as anything else," he explained. "(These) books would raise a lot of people's spirits."

Once again, those interested in joining the effort may contact:

Thompson United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 29 Thompson, OH 44086
Phone: 440-298-3033


Wine Country Books
24 North Broadway
Geneva, Ohio 44041


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