A New Hampshire artist hand-crafted several monuments to honor military personnel who recently died while evacuating U.S. troops and asylum seekers from Afghanistan.
Wings Custom Carvings owner Stephen Wing wanted to find a way to help others remember the 13 soldiers who lost their lives in a terrorist attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport on Aug. 26.
The Gilford entrepreneur decided the best way he can remember their selfless sacrifice is to carve 13 battle crosses and donate them to their surviving family members.
“Let us see if this works, I am trying to reach out to the families of our most recent tragedy in Afghanistan,” he said on Facebook. “I would like to donate one of these carvings to all 13 families for our fallen soldiers–it is a long shot but share away please.”
With the help of other users and mainstream media, Wing quickly acquired contact details of 15 grieving family members to mail the sculptures to.
“I wanted to say thank you to everyone across the United States of America for coming together to try and make this happen for the families of our 13 most recent fallen soldiers,” he said on Facebook. “Without your help this would have been nearly impossible but I am grateful to announce out of the 13 families we are going to be able to get their battle cross to the[m.]”
The artist even succeeded in fundraising enough money to cover his entire production and delivery expenses. The remainder will be donated to the families.
“A lot of people are asking how to donate for shipping cost and, to be honest, I do not even know yet–have to price it all out [first,]” he said on Facebook. “If there is money left over from the donations to ship it will be divided between all of the families evenly–this is to help the families and let them know we stand with them and also grieve with them.”
BL understands Wing is an excellent example of how someone with any skillset can spread kindness and make a difference.