Operation Santa seeking help

Editor:

Operation Santa USMC is once again seeking donations of items to include with Christmas In a Box for our deployed troops. Last year many thousands of marines, soldiers and wounded warriors still in a hospital received a filled stocking, small gifts, holiday snacks and decorations, along with cards and letters from school children and other supporters.

The goal locally this year is to provide for 120 soldiers in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan and 180 marines in Iraq. All of them are at very remote, isolated locations with little to no amenities.

Some are living in cave-like holes they blasted out of the mountains and some are sleeping in holes they dug in the sands of Iraq. All of them need our support all year, but during the holidays it’s even more important.

Donation sites are: Curves for Women in Sweet Home, Lebanon, Albany and Corvallis; Citizens Bank in Lebanon; Jan’s Books on Sherman Street in Lebanon; Linn-Co Fed Credit Union in Sweet Home, Lebanon and Albany (which is also adopting a platoon for the third year) and Umpqua Bank in Lebanon.

Sweet Home Mennonite Church is collecting donations again this year and the Sand Ridge Charter School students are making cards, writing letters and collecting items to send.

Employees at Entek International and Research Manikins are donating items for the troops; Willamette Community Bank’s employees are adopting a platoon again this year.

Lists of suggested items are available at each donation site. It is so important that these young warriors so far from home during the holidays know they are not forgotten. S

adly, for some these will be the only holiday gifts and greetings they receive. For all of them it is a huge morale boost to know the folks back home care about them.

If you, your service club, church, or company would like to participate in this program your help would be welcomed.

Monetary donations are needed as well to help with mailing costs and are tax deductible. Send to Operation Santa P O Box 874 Lebanon OR 97355. For more information, call 258-8239.

Anita Allen

Lebanon

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