Fire destroys Boca Marine's compound

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.

Only charred rubble is left of the compound where the Marines stayed. Many on their second tour in Iraq. Evan's family says the Marines have provided the soldiers with the essentials to live, but say they could use some extra comforts.

"Think of hurricanes, and how everybody in this area freaked out without electricity, but still had their comforts of home. These soldiers don't even have that," Stabinsky adds.

Organizers are collecting items such as games, DVD's, comfortable clothing, basic toiletries and non-perishable food items.

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.

Cash donations can be given at any Bank of America under the Marine Fire Fund.