Rebecca Zeigler, an Alpha Battery wife and co-organizer of this past Saturday’s boot drive, said the day’s efforts were a big success. She said they topped their goal of $2,000 and wound up collecting over $3,000. She said they had between 15 and 20 volunteers helping with the collection at the intersection of Highway 21 and Fort Howard Road and said, “We were very pleased.” The purpose of the boot drive was to help provide some Christmas relief for the men of Springfield’s own Alpha Battery of the Georgia Army National Guard’s 118th Field Artillery Battalion, and to help put together a big homecoming party for the men when they come back home. The men are expected to return from Afghanistan next spring or summer. The battery numbers just over 100 men.