Operation Daddy's Boy offers help to unborn child of fallen soldier

8:23 PM, Apr 7, 2012   |    comments
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GRIFFIN, Ga - Benjamin Davis will enter the world next month without a father, but he'll arrive into a community that is prepared to surround him with care.

Benjamin's father is 20-year-old Jonathan Davis, the Army specialist who was killed in Afghanistan just five weeks into a six month tour of duty.

Davis was laid to rest in his hometown of Griffin on Saturday.

Davis' widow is pregnant with the couple's first child. Morgan Mayfield is working to ease the family's grief with Operation Daddy's Boy.

"He in his new life is already a hero," said Mayfield. "His daddy died serving our country, and that baby boy is a hero to America."

Mayfield doesn't know the Davis family, but she herself is a new mom. Her concern over Kristin Davis and her unborn son, already named Benjamin, prompted Mayfield to organize Operation Daddy's Boy.

The effort's Facebook page already has comments and support from Florida and California.

"I don't want her (Kristin Davis) to have to worry about any of the essential things that baby is going to fly through in his first months of life."

Mayfield is looking for donations of baby clothes, formula, and other items Benjamin Davis might need.

There are drop off locations all over metro Atlanta. A list can be found on the "about" section of the Operation Daddy's Boy Facebook page. Mayfield said there are plans for a big drive in Atlanta next month. She said she is also looking for volunteers to help her coordinate the effort.

Anyone interested in helping can send an email to operationdaddysboy@yahoo.com.

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