Friday, December 14, 2007

Late-night call worth the wait

Our lead story on the Akron-Canton News at 6:30 Thursday took viewers inside a video connection between a family from Clinton and their son, who is serving in Iraq. What a great sight to see these parents and their 21-year-old son, Marine Corporal Joshua Hayes, connect after six months of not seeing one another.

Well, I got the following email from Jim Vincent, whose company worked with the "Freedom Calls" folks to set up other calls yesterday. See how this message gets you:

"The connection that was scheduled last night would have been great to cover. Thomas Martinez of Canton is based in Camp Fallujah and the call was scheduled for 5:00 PM EST which was 1:00 AM in Iraq.

"There were 25 family members at our office to see Thomas but unfortunately, with it being so late in Iraq, the people at the camp must have gone to bed. So Thomas was literally running around on the base trying to get someone to let him into their conference room.

"The family began chanting, 'We want Thomas!' and after 90 minutes of this, he almost magically appeared on the screen. After an hour, there wasn't a dry eye in the room. These folks will be talking about this the rest of their lives."

What a blessing .. Eric

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