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Larchmont supports the troops

December
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More than 800 service men and women deployed in Iraq and Afghanisan will have a happier holiday season thanks to the efforts of  volunteers who packed and shipped care packages containing personal hygiene items, snacks, magazines and other goodies on Sunday.

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The seventh annual “Support for Our Troops” effort at St Augustine’s church drew 150 volunteers and donations of gift items and cash from more than 200 people. In all, 825 packages were sent overseas, paid for with more than $10,000 in donations to cover the shopping costs. The packages contained food, toiletries, batteris, playing cards, hats, and other items. Each box also included a letter or card written by a volunteer and a special note of support from New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.

To find out more about the package drive and the organization behind it, visit their website by clicking here.

To date, the Larchmont volunteers have sent more than 2,800 care packages since May 2006.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 at 3:39 pm by Rich Liebson. |
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KatieRich Liebson is a "military brat" who grew up on bases in the U.S. and Germany during his father's 23-year career as an Air Force enlisted man. Rich enlisted in the Army in 1976 and until his discharge in 1980 was assigned to the 78th Engineer Battalion in Ettlingen, Germany, as a public information specialist and translator. He's been a reporter at The Journal News and its forerunner, the Reporter Dispatch, for more than 20 years. During that time he's covered a variety of beats and has written frequently about veterans and veterans issues.
HemaHema Easley was born and raised in India, where she worked as a reporter for The Associated Press and United Press International. While in India she wrote about the insurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir and covered the 1999 India-Pakistan conflict in the mountains of Kashmir. She joined The Journal News in 2002. She has covered municipal government in Westchester and now covers on social services in Rockland as well as military issues.

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