American Legion gathers packages for on-duty troops

svaughan@vagazette.com

WILLIAMSBURG – American Legion Post 39 has started a new program to send care packages to active-duty military serving overseas. And the post would like the public's help.

"Operation: Military Overseas Morale", or "Operation: MOM" collects items such as packaged candy, granola bars, beef jerky, lip balm, travel-sized packages of tissues, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, crossword puzzles and Sudoko books, Reader's Digests, gum and mints to send to the troops.

"We're sending packages of comfort food and necessities to two forward outposts right now," said Bill white, post commander. " We want them to know that they are not forgotten by those of us at home."

The outposts include the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard and a unit of the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

And the post knows that the items are appreciated.

"I never realized how Spartan conditions were, and how much care packages meant to the troops," Captain Kathryn Yates, USN, wrote to the post. "I know now from personal experience that the package are a high boost to morale."

Post 39 has heard the same from Lt. Col. Jesse Cruz, with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

The post invites the public to join in by contributing items at drop off boxes at Rocco's Smokehouse Grill, at 207 Bypass Road and The Daily Donut, at 1425 Richmond Road.

Vaughan can be reached at (757)345-2343.

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