Local VFW strives to send care packages to U.S. troops

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – John and Rosemary Whalen of VFW Post 7807 are on a mission to supply and ship care packages to as many U.S. military troops serving overseas as possible. The couple is asking for the community’s assistance in making the goal a reality. Items are needed to fill the care packages, and monetary donations for postage are necessary to ship the conatiners to those who serve. The cost to mail a single box amounts to approximately $18, and the local VFW has mailed 39 in recent months, the Whalens explained.

“Our ultimate goal is to send every troop in the field a care package from the United States from us at home,” John Whalen said. “Well, Afghanistan has 14,000 troops alone, a major undertaking.”


John and Rosemary Whalen have volunteered with Operation Care Package for the past 18 years, signing on post-9/11.

A date to “assembly line” pack the donated items is expected to be announced at the Oct. 15 county courthouse meeting. Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw, a strong supporter of the military and its veterans, offered the VFW use of an area at the Foster Park – Towns County Recreation Center once a date is determined, likely in early November.

The Whalen’s provided an example list of items typically contained in the care packages.

Food Items:

  • Crackers – cheese or peanut butter
  • Trail Mix
  • Nuts
  • Chips
  • Granola Bars
  • Candy, gum, mints
  • Water flavoring packets
  • Beef Jerky
  • Oatmeal
  • Premade meals
  • Apple Sauce


  • Hand lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Foot powder
  • Baby wipes
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine products

Checks to aid in the shipping effort can be mailed to:

VFW Auxilary, Operation Care Package, P.O. Box 624, Hiawassee, GA, 30546.

For additional information, contact Rosemary Whalen at 762-525-0515.


Robin H. Webb

Robin can be reached by dialing 706-487-9027 or contacted via email at Robin@FetchYourNews.com --- News tips will be held in strict confidence upon request.

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