Service men and women appreciate acts of kindness from Hood County

FAMILY GATHERS: PV2 Tayler Goodson, Army, recently graduated from the 787th Military Police Battalion at Fort Leonardwood, Mo. He is a 2011 graduate of Granbury High School. Family members who were able to attend Tayler’s special day (from left) include aunt Jennifer Winters, cousin Jackson Winters, uncle Greg Winters, grandma Ruby Sargent, mom Julie Goodson, Tayler’s wife Lacie Goodson, Tayler, dad Ed Goodson, brother Sgt. Dillon Goodson and his wife Courtney Goodson, and brother Ashton Goodson.


The Hood County News troops support program includes the names of six service personnel with ties to Hood County.

The “adopted” military personnel in the Hood County News troops program are very appreciative of the acts of kindness coming from our community. Many of the “adopted” troops routinely share their Hood County care packages with their peers.

While some are in remote areas without access to mail or email, others are able to send thank you notes for kind acts they’ve received.

Additional sponsors are needed for the support program. Adopting sponsors are asked to send monthly “care packages” to local military personnel deployed overseas. Your sponsorship is a way to thank the troops for service to our country.

The Post Office offers a military flat-rate box at a lower cost than regular flat-rate packages.

To become a sponsor, or to add someone’s name to the list, call Nancy Pricer at 817-573-7066.


Service personnel and their “adoptive” sponsors enrolled in the Hood County News program include:

Spc. Jordan Barrett (Army) in Afghanistan

–Mary Mehaffey

–Dana Tibljas

–Cathy Hayes

–Nita Merritt

–Sheila Blackburn

–Granbury Woman’s Club

–Granbury First United Methodist Church Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class

–Hood County Library

–Gene Thompson and family

–Hood County News

–Republican Women’s Group

–Brenda and Kathy Massengale

David A. Bentley (Army) in Afghanistan

–Deployed in May, needs sponsors.

Carolyn Dempsey (Army) in Afghanistan

–Hood County News

–Colleen Zeiler

–Black’s Pawn Shop

–Linda Mallon

–Acton Baptist Church Builder’s Sunday School Class

–Republican Women’s Group

–American Legion #278

Shannon Kincaid (Marines) location varies

–Builders Class at Acton Baptist Church

–Amanda Brown

–Chris James

–The Way Church

Pvt. Troy Porter McGee (Army) in Afghanistan

–Kathy Horak Smith

–Charterhouse/Community Care

–American Legion #278

–Baker Baptist Church

–Heather Riale

–Pamela Whitson

–Granbury First United Methodist Church “Seekers” Sunday School Class

–Teresa McCoy

Tsgt Christopher Wesson (Air Force) in Kuwait

–La Paloma

–Hood County News

–Seventh Day Adventist Church

–First Presbyterian Church

–Women of Waples, Waples United Methodist Church


Actual requests, along with suggestions from military websites, were used to compile this list of items for care packages.

Anti-bacterial gel

Anti-bacterial wipes

Baby powder

Batteries (AA)

Beef jerky

Body wash/gel



Children’s books

Children’s color books/crayons


Cotton sheets (Cot Size)

Cotton socks

Cotton undershirts


Disposable cameras

Disposable razors

Dried fruit packages

Duct tape

DVDs ($5 in the bargain bin)

Easy Mac & Cheese

Energy bars



Hand-held electronic games

Headphones (earbud type)

Home-baked goodies

Lip balm



Medicated foot powder

Microwaveable items (Especially desserts and chili)

Mouthwash/Breath Strips


Packages of pepperoni

Peanut butter

Pens/paper (to write home)

Personal care kits (nail clippers, etc.)

Phone cards (to call home)


Powdered drink mixes for water

Puzzle books

Ready-to-eat chicken/tuna packages

Scented shampoo

Shaving gel

Slim Jims

Small soups

Small toys

Small travel-size handheld board games



Trail mix


Wash cloths

Zip-loc baggies (all-sizes)