Claremore Daily Progress

September 8, 2013

Mothers, wives sell t-shirts to fund local soldiers’ homecoming celebration

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — Claremore wives and mothers of deployed soldiers are selling T-shirts in order to raise money for the troops’ homecoming celebration.

Kim Marcotte, mother of Army Specialist Keenin Marcotte, said her son was one of 150 Oklahoma soldiers from 1220th Engineering Company who were deployed to Afghanistan last March. She said members of the Army Family Readiness Group, herself included, are hoping to raise enough money to coordinate the event for the troops homecoming in February.

One of Marcotte’s other sons, Colton, designed the T-shirts for sale. Patrons have a choice of three different designs, which all show support for those who have served, and for the men and women currently deployed overseas.

Shirt logos display, “All gave some, some gave all” and RED, which stands for -- remember everyone deployed.

“The sacrifices these men and women make is something that too often goes unrecognized, so we want to organize an event to not only welcome these soldiers home, but also say ‘thank you for their service,’” said Marcotte.

Marcotte said she also wants to thank Baker Hughes for the company’s support in the recent shipping of care packages to local soldiers overseas.

“This is a huge blessing. Some of those packages cost upwards of $100 to send, but thanks to Baker Hughes, it didn’t cost us anything,” she said. To purchase a T-shirt, call (918) 694-5118.