Shirts for Soldiers: How you can help with Upstate troops

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – When Corporal Russell Carter was just in 2nd grade, he watched 9/11 happen and knew he wanted to help.

“He said that he was going to get those bad guys, and he’s just a little boy, and I said that’s fine you can do that.” said mom Gwen Pollard.

When Carter got old enough, he joined the army, heading to Georgia to complete basic training. To help him through the tough months, Carter didn’t ask him mom for letters, but lyrics. She would write him hundreds of songs on paper, so that him and his friends could sing them.

Now as he heads overseas for a dangerous 6-month deployment, he’s looking to encourage his comrades in a different way.

When Carter got on base, he was wearing a Hawaiian shirt and straw hat, which made his fellow soldiers laugh.

He called his mom in Easley and asked for 300 Hawaiian shirts to hand out to everyone on base, now she’s trying to collect all of those.

She has several drop-off locations where you can leave them, including the following places:

1. Walmart in Easley, SC: 864-859-8595
115 Rolling Hills Circle Easley, SC 29640

2. 9 Round in Easley: 864-810-3418 601 Williams Ave. (Near Dozos) 601 Williams Ave Easley, SC 29640

3. Community First Realty: 864-855-4858 (Behind McDonalds) 1824 Main St Easley, SC 29640

4. Equipped For Life (down the road from the Greenville Health System) 864-522-3500 1009C Grove Rd Greenville, SC 29605

5. Chic-Fil-A Simpsonville: 864-962-5157 659 Fairview Rd Simpsonville, SC 29680

6. Chic-Fil-A Mauldin: 864-297-0262 135 W. Butler Rd Mauldin, SC 29660

7. Oakdale Baptist Church: 864-287-4455 6724 HWY 24 Townville, SC 29660 exit 11 off Interstate 85.

8. Gill-Holler Insurance Agency: 803-548-5907
130 Ben Casey Dr. Suite 107 Fort Mill, SC 29708 (Rock Hill. SC area)

9. Star Bucks inside Ingles in West Union: 864-638-7217 180 Scenic Plaza Dr. West Union, SC 29696

10. Aggressive realty in Anderson, SC
205B Concord Rd Anderson, SC 29621


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