By Kara Kostanich
Posted by Rachel Leigh
BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - Loved ones of a local soldier are calling on the community for supplies and cash donations for a Marine unit in Iraq. The compound the soldiers called home burned to the ground on June 26. The fire destroyed nearly all the personal belongings of more than 150 Marines.
"They went over with thousands of the dollars of personal necessities that they lost," said Cindy Stabinsky, who is organizing the effort and has known Lance Cpl. Shaun Evans of Boca Raton since he was a toddler.
Organizers are working hard to gather what they call luxury items for soldiers who lost what little they had in Iraq.
"When they come in from patrol, we want then to have a clean pair of socks, a razor blade to shave with, a magazine and computers to talk to their kids and families," says Stabinsky.
Katharine Evans, Shaun's mother, says everything he took from Boca Raton to Iraq is destroyed. Although, she says, he was able to salvage the Saint Christopher Metal his father gave him before his first deployment overseas.
Supplies for the soldiers can be dropped off at Mission Bay Self Storage on State Road 7 in West Boca Raton.