Contact Us

Former Marine Can’t Stop Sending Spam to Troops Overseas

cans of Spam
David McNew, Getty Images

Most of us get annoyed when we receive spam, but one Maryland man has spent countless hours and money sending Spam to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan so they can have a little bit of home while they’re away.

Don Downer, who is 82 years old, was once a Marine himself. After leaving high school early, he was one of the youngest sergeants in the Marine Corps. While he was overseas serving his country, his mother would send him care packages, including homemade cookies, other comforts from home and cans of Spam.

After Downer’s wife of 56 years passed away in 2008, he needed something to fill the void in his life. That’s when he began making care packages for a neighbor serving in Iraq. He always includes sweet and salty snacks, a small item like a knit cap, a personal note and Spam. Every care package includes Spam, just like the packages Downer used to receive.

The former Marine began by sending packages to his neighbor, but he now chooses his package recipients by contacting commanders and requesting the names of servicemen and women who don’t often receive care packages from home. He has sent more than 1,400 care packages. And, he has received hundreds of “thank you” notes in return.

“They take time out from fighting a war to respond,” said Downer. “It’s just amazing.”

Downer, known as the “Spam czar,” was recently named Howard County Maryland’s Volunteer of the Year for the time and effort he puts into sending a little bit of home to our troops overseas, even if it is Spam. He plans to continue Spamming the troops with care packages for as long as he can.

[Columbia Patch]

police-lights
[

Reward Offered In Blinn College Student’s Murder

Blinn College is a small school in Brenham, about an hour and a half outside of Houston.  After a male student was murdered there last month, police are asking for tips as they try to figure out who killed him.  And there's a reward in the case now.

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News, News Tags:
Getty Images
Getty Images
[

Inmate Weddings Are About To Increase In Texas

Up until now, if an inmate in a Texas prison wanted to get married, someone else had to stand in for the prisoner during a ceremony held somewhere outside the prison. That's about to change.

Read More|Comment

Abby Snodgrass
WSB
[

Teen’s Miraculous Act Saves Baby Who Stopped Breathing at Walmart

A fast-acting teenager became a hero after she stepped in to save the life of a baby.

Read More|Comment

Category: News
drinking
Photo: John Lund/Annabelle Breakey
[

Where Does Texas Rank in the ‘Most Drunk’ States Survey?

The folks over at Bloomberg just released a survey of the 'Most Drunk' states in the U.S. Where did the Lone Star State wind up?

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News, Texas News Tags:
Le'Veon Bell, LeVeon Bell
Getty Images
[

Le’Veon Bell Leads Steelers Past Titans, 27-24

Le'Veon Bell ran for 204 yards and a touchdown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers rallied past the Tennessee Titans, 27-24, in Nashville on Monday night.

Read More|Comment

Category: News, Sports
Waiting Room
[

Now Is the Time to Sign Up for Health Insurance

Last year just a handful of people signed up for health insurance on the first day of the national open enrollment period, and this year as signups began on Saturday, the federal government says 100,000 people signed up.

The open enrollment period this year is a lot shorter, so don't be caught by surprise.

Read More|Comment

Johnny Depp Hollywood Film Awards
[

Watch Johnny Depp’s Weird, Drunken Speech at the Hollywood Film Awards

So this is why we don't see Johnny Depp on stage very often (ever?) at awards shows. Last night at the Hollywood Film Awards, Depp introduced the documentary ‘Supermensch,’ about legendary talent manager Shep Gordon, and immediately made it pretty clear that he was not sober-minded. “That's the weirdest microphone I've ever seen in my life,” he slurs—except, you know, it's just a regular microphone.

Read More|Comment

Civil War title treatment
Marvel
[

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Casts Daniel Bruhl as Its Villain

Even though the upcoming third ‘Captain America’ movie is based on Marvel’s ‘Civil War’ mini-series, where the heroes of the Marvel Universe faced off with one another in a battle over their right to privacy, the ‘Civil War’ film still needs a villain for Chris Evans’ Cap and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man (and new addition Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman) to face off with as well. Although they didn’t reveal the identity of his character, Deadline reports that Daniel Bruhl will play the guy to pester the feuding Avengers.

Read More|Comment

Police-Lights
[

Police Look For Clues After Texas College Student Is Murdered

Blinn College is a small school in Brenham, about an hour and a half outside of Houston.

After a male student was murdered there last month, police are asking for tips as they try to figure out who killed him.

Read More|Comment

Ryan Tannehill
Getty Images
[

Miami Dolphins Rally Past Buffalo Bills, 22-9

Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes, and the Miami Dolphins surged past the Buffalo Bills, 22-9, in Florida on Thursday night.

Read More|Comment

Category: News, Sports

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ksfa860.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on NEWSTALK 860 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on NEWSTALK 860 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!