Military 'morale' party, how you can help

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX)-- The Moran family of Port St. Lucie is proud of their 22-year-old son, Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Powell currently serving his country in Iraq.

But it's the plan he came up with just weeks ago that has them absolutely beaming with joy.

"He just felt that they guys needed something to boost their morale," said mother Christine Moran.

Powell came up with the idea and got military approval to host a Mardi Gras-themed party, but not just any party.

The base he's at near Balad,Iraq has 25,000 service men and women.

"We were like WOW. 25,000?," reacted father Jim Moran.

"He's up for the challenge. There are a lot of people helping him out. He's gotta make sure this thing comes off well," said Christine Moran.

In addition to their son's awards-- the older brother is a Lance Corporal in the Marines-- the Moran's now have a several boxes with party supplies in their living room.

Anything from masks, to beads, even a bubble machine.

The items will be shipped to the base by August 7th, the night of the party.

The Morans are hoping viewers will get in touch with them to provide even more party supplies. Remember that's 25,000 people attending that party. To get in touch and coordinate with Christine Moran, please e-mail her at

Jim Moran added, "It's all about lifting up the morale of the troops. Having a good time, keeping up the spirits of the guys and gals serving our country."