More than 40 volunteers showed up bright and early Saturday morning to lend a hand stacking a load of wood in Barbara Swanson’s garage as part of Home Guard’s very first call out.

More than 40 volunteers showed up bright and early Saturday morning to lend a hand stacking a load of wood in Barbara Swanson’s garage as part of Home Guard’s very first call out.

“Barbara was overwhelmed by the turnout,” said Dan Dorsey, founder of Home Guard, which supports family members of Siskiyou County military men and women who are deployed overseas.

Swanson’s 21 year old son  is a Marine who is currently on his second tour in Afghanistan. He is scheduled to be home in December, she said.

To help Swanson prepare for colder weather while her son is overseas, volunteers from a variety of local organizations and businesses pitched in.

Representatives from the Marine Corp League, Mt. Shasta Tea Party, Weed Elementary School, Weed Rotary, Daughters of the American Revolution, the COS Honor Society, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department, the Mount Shasta City Fire Department, the American Legion, Mt. Shasta National Guard, Ace Hardware, the Mt. Shasta Elks and Acme Computer came together to move a load of firewood from a truck bed to be stacked in Swanson’s garage.

Dorsey welcomed everyone with a wide smile. Community members enjoyed cups of coffee and other treats, visiting with one another until Keith Bradley, Siskiyou County chaplin, began the event with an invocation.

The volunteers made quick work of the job.

Bradley has also agreed to be Home Guard’s chaplain, helping families cope with the deployment of their loved ones, Dorsey said.

“If we all take one armload of wood, we’ll be alright,” Dorsey joked with the crowd. “Home Guard is up and running, thanks to you all.”

This was the Home Guard’s first call out. If you’d like to learn more about the group or contribute to their efforts, contact Dorsey at (530) 926-2528.