Community pitches in to send care packages to soldiers

Letitia Mott and her son Dontrell Bennet

Last month Letitia Mott posted on Facebook that she was sending a care package to her deployed son and that she would cover shipping costs if anyone wanted to donate anything for other soldiers.

What happened next, she said, shocked her.

“I cannot believe how quickly people just started Cash Apping me and Venmoing me and dropping stuff of at my house,” Mott said. “I’m just so amazed that people just started helping.”

Mott’s son Dontrell Bennet serves in the National Guard and is currently deployed to Syria. Her mission got started after he emailed her recently and asked for a care package.

“That’s how it all got started,” Mott said. “When he said that I was like, ‘No problem.’”

The more Mott thought about it, however, the more the Des Allemands mother had the desire to provide care packages to other troops who are deployed with her son – and that’s where the Facebook post and the community’s generosity came into play.

Mott said a local man even reached out and offered to come to her house and show her how to get shipping costs down on the donations.

“I’ve been having so much support … I’m just so touched,” Mott said. “I just can’t explain how this makes me feel and I can’t wait until I can let my son know the outpouring of support. This community just came through. It just makes me feel so good to know that there are people out there that are so generous and so caring.”

Mott has already sent over 30 boxes overseas, and said she will continue to ship over care packages as long as the donations come in. She has another son, Logan Bennett, who is currently serving in the Navy and is stationed in Guam. She has started sending boxes there as well.

“I just wanted to bless not just my son, but others. That’s our Louisiana troops over there … not just my son,” Mott said. “If I could send a million boxes over there I would. As long as the donations are coming, I’ll ship it.”

Mott said anyone interested in donating to the cause can reach out to her on Facebook.


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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