YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – VFW Auxilary Post 7807 Senior Vice-President and Co-Chair of Operation Care Package John Whalen requests the community’s assistance stuffing holiday stockings to send to military troops serving overseas. The Operation Care Package event will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Towns County Recreation Center at Foster Park in Young Harris.
“We’ll kick-off the festivities at 9 am,” Whalen told FYN. “It’s a community-type event. We hope to send close to a thousand stockings overseas.”
Items ranging from snacks to toiletries have been collected to fill the care packages, and monetary donations for postage is appreciated to ship the containers to those who serve. The cost to mail a single box amounts to approximately $18, and the local VFW has mailed several dozens in recent months.
“As a military-veteran service and non-profit, the mission of USASOA has been to provide for the care and comfort of our service members and veterans of every age and period of service,” USASOA.org explains. “In our effort to engage and connect the civilian population with the military community, USASOA initiated Operation Care Package. This program collects and mails out care packages filled with items requested by our deployed troops, especially those who are stationed in remote locations or a FOB (Forward Operating Base).”
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.
Feature Image: John and Rosemary Whalen of Hiawassee’s VFW Auxilary Post 7807.