Boxes filled with love for soldier in Afghanistan

Stuffed with treats and entertainment of all kinds, Ponoka’s RBC bank is sending two boxes filled with love to a local soldier serving in Afghanistan.

By Jasmine Franklin

Stuffed with treats and entertainment of all kinds, Ponoka’s RBC bank is sending two boxes filled with love to a local soldier serving in Afghanistan.

“We thought it would be a nice thing to do for Christmas coming up,” said Glenda Morrow, operating officer of RBC. “It’s from all of our staff here.”

Inside the box making its way to Kandahar in the next week, are potato chips, movies, books, crosswords, toiletries and other luxuries for soldier Kurt Spelrem of Ponoka.

The surprise will be a big one for Spelrem who isn’t expecting the Christmas boxes.

“Every year our branch does something special for Christmas,” Morrow said. “This year we wanted to send something to our local troops.”

But raising funds for the project wasn’t a one time pitch-in project. All year, staff paid $1 to dress casual on Fridays; the branch raised more than $250, all of which went to the boxes.

The boxes were shipped out Nov. 20.