BRIDGEPORT – Last month, three members of Congregation Rodeph Sholom received the “Being A Difference Award” from the Association of State Boards of Accountancy Center for the Public Trust (NASBA CPT), an accounting trade organization. The presentation, at the Easton Public Library, came five years after the trio – Carol and Michael Weinshel, CPA, of Fairfield, and Carol’s sister, Sue Spivack, of Bridgeport – started sending care packages to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly 8,000 in all.
In October 2005, when the 159th Aviation Brigade was deployed to Iraq, the three “adopted” all 2,850 soldiers, and purchased, packaged, and shipped a Christmas gift for each one. They continued supporting the brigade with monthly gifts by theme – Valentine’s Day, spring, and patriotism.
This fall, the three have adopted the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne who are being deployed to Afghanistan. Those 3,000 will also receive regular care packages.