by Lisa Tome
Yvonne Goodie can relate to the emotions which accompany motherhood.
Goodie, who has a son at college and another out on his own, can't imagine life if one of her sons lived far away.
That's why Goodie, who works as the executive secretary for Sheriff Scott Adams, decided to support the son of her coworker Judy Johnson. Johnson is the human resources specialist for Cecil Sheriff's Office. Johnson's son, Matthew Vogt, 19, who is a Rising Sun High School graduate, enlisted in the Marine Corps. He is now deployed to South Korea and later, to Japan.
Goodie has set up a collection to gather items as gifts for Vogt and the other 45 members of his unit for the holidays. "I found out he was deployed and I decided we should adopt his troop. I want them to feel supported," said Goodie.
"This touches me greatly," said Johnson. "For more than half of his unit, it's their first time away from home. This will be their first time not getting turkey dinner or having presents under the tree."
"It made me really happy to make Judy happy," said Goodie.
Donors can drop off items at the Cecil County Administration Building, Cecil Sheriff's Office, both on Chesapeake Boulevard, Elkton, or Barnes Corner Fitness, Colora.
Those items hand sanitizer, tooth brushes and other toiletries, Easy Mac, cup noodles, tissues, single serve powdered drink mix, playing cards, socks, trail mix, gently used or new magazines, small games, puzzle books, and other small items. They would also like cards and notes of support, hopefully from youngsters in local schools.
No chocolate or items that will melt will be accepted. No homemade items will be accepted. Goodie will fund the postage to ship it so the unit will have it around Christmas. Anyone with questions may call Goodie at 410-392-2107 or Johnson at 410-392-2118.
The collection started the third week of October and will continue until November 22.