AMVETS Post 51 sends goodies to soldiers
THORNPORT – Everyone at fAMVETS Post 51 donated time, money, or both to send 35 to 40 care packages to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The AMVETS Post 51 Ladies Auxiliary got together Dec. 8 to assemble the packages, which contained personal hygiene items, playing cards, stationery, socks, candy, and canned foods among many other items in each.
Ladies Auxiliary member Denise Chrysler explained it’s difficult for soldiers to find supplies many of us take for granted. For example, coffee is readily available to them, but filters aren’t, and it’s these little things that soldiers really appreciate. She said auxiliary member Jodi Miller began the program in 2004.
Chrysler said the armed forces used to be able to decide who would receive the packages, but today specific names for each package must be submitted for the military to deliver them. AmVets members Shaun and Karen Holobaugh returned from Iraq with a list of local names following a recent visit. However, Chrysler said anyone can contact her at (740) 246-4880 to submit a solder’s name for future deliveries. Also, anyone wanting to donate money or items to the troops may drop them off at AmVets Post 51 in Thornport or call Chrysler at. (740) 246-4880