Marjie Gaynor has no exit strategy.
The headline in Tuesday's paper read: "In Afghanistan: Marines close out mission."
The story told about Marines handing over the keys to Camp Leatherneck to the Afghans. That ceremony followed years of fighting the Taliban, mentoring Afghan soldiers and protecting the populace.
All told, 76,000 Marines have served in Afghanistan since 2001, with 378 killed and nearly 5,000 wounded.
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Four years ago, there were 100,000 American troops in Afghanistan. Today it's down to a little more than 21,000.
The mission has switched to one of training and advising Afghan forces.
After reading the headline, I called Gaynor at her home in Wexford Plantation, a high-end Hilton Head Island development where yachts bob beside large homes on an Arnold Palmer golf course.
Gaynor has led her own type of military surge since answering an email blast seeking helpers four years ago. She and neighbors Arlene Fader and Cathie Forlenza started a little project on troop support that mushroomed.
"We have no end game," she assured me Tuesday, between trips to help two new volunteers join the ranks.
"We'll do this as long as we know there is a need."
The three women in Wexford followed one of this region's chief volunteers in matching citizens with troops overseas. Carol Megathlin of Savannah turned an adopt-a-soldier idea into an art, with her email blasts for help reflecting deep contacts on the front in the Middle East.
Gaynor's group started as "Operation Welcome Home." People all over town, and at stores such as Walgreens, helped get gift packages with basic toiletries into the hands of unmarried troops when they got home from a deployment.
Their focus moved from troops coming home to Hunter Army Air Field or Fort Stewart near Savannah to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
Each bag is adorned with a special card featuring the bars and stripes, and a personal thank-you note.
They now send toiletries to the troops overseas and call it "Operation Morale Support." Gaynor said it is but one tiny effort among many, here and around the nation.
People in this community have led major projects to send homemade cookies, pillows, magazines, phone cards and toiletries to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gaynor's group is not a registered nonprofit. It collects goods, and money for the $60 to $65 it takes to ship a 35- to 39-pound box of supplies to Afghanistan.
"I just ask people to trust me, and it's working," she said. "One hundred percent of what they give goes to our service men and women."
Troops back home have yet to downsize or turn over the keys.
"It would be great if there were no need for this," Gaynor said. "We have no control over anything, other than to say, 'Thank you.'"