Cheryl, pictured with son Wade, has been sending care packages to her husband and fellow soldiers using the donated supplies.

After Cheryl Griffin’s husband Matthew was deployed in August 2019, the Gretna community rallied around the family and Matthew’s fellow members of the Army National Guard with moral support, cards and a supply drive.

Cheryl, a Penhook native, and Matthew, along with their son Wade, moved back to the Gretna area in July from the eastern shore of Virginia. 

After moving from Chatham for Matthew’s job at the beginning of 2016, the couple was planning on selling their house to move closer to Matthew’s work. After learning he would be deployed and away for approximately a year, the couple decided to go through with the sale of their home and move back to Penhook with Cheryl’s parents, Joe and Nancy David, for the time being.

Since Matthew was deployed, Cheryl said that her church, Liberty Christian Church in Sandy Level, has been offering support to the family, whether it is through cards and gifts sent to Matthew or checking in on her and Wade.

“This is the church I grew up in, and since we’ve been back, that’s where we’ve been going,” Cheryl said. “They started originally when he left bringing stuff in every week [to be sent to Matthew].”

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