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Refuge supports U.S. Armed Forces

By Staff | Jul 31, 2019
PHOTO PROVIDED Sam Grunsfeld on leave dressed in his new “Ding” apparel.
PHOTO PROVIDED Sam Grunsfeld with his mother, Marcia Grunsfeld.

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge recently received an email from Marcia Grunsfeld with a special request to send her a “Ding” Darling sticker as a surprise for her U.S. Marine son, Sam, who was coming home to Illinois on leave. The Grunsfelds have visited and loved the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge for many years, and she knew it would warm his heart. DDWS sent Sam Grunsfeld a “Ding” hat and T-shirt, with a note thanking him for his service and welcoming him back. He later sent the DDWS pictures of himself wearing the apparel and shared the following: “Thank you so much and I can tell you how much it means to me! I’ve worn the hat almost every day since I’ve been back! ‘Ding’ Darling is one of my favorite places on Earth and I can’t wait for my next visit whenever it will be!”