American Legion sends care packages to soldiers
by Hawkins Teague
Nov 28, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Items donated to and bought by the American Legion were lined up and ready for packing last week. Commander Herb Follis said about $400 would be spent shipping flat rate United States Postal packages to Iraq and other places where soldiers are stationed throughout the world. Shipped items included snack foods (pictured) and toiletries.
Items donated to and bought by the American Legion were lined up and ready for packing last week. Commander Herb Follis said about $400 would be spent shipping flat rate United States Postal packages to Iraq and other places where soldiers are stationed throughout the world. Shipped items included snack foods (pictured) and toiletries.
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Once again this year, the local American Legion is teaming with Goodwin’s Funeral Home to send Christmas care packages to troops overseas.

“As soon as the war started in Iraq, I got with Herb Follis, the commander of the American Legion, to talk about sending packages to soldiers from Cadiz,” Goodwin’s employee Kathleen Johnson told The Cadiz Record in October. “He thought it was a great idea, so we started looking for local soldiers. We got with the schools to send out letters asking if anyone knew of a soldier and to get names and addresses.”

Follis said they try to get together as much money and supplies as they can before breaking everything up into men’s and women’s boxes. He said that this year, they spent about $280 for supplies and received close to $250 in additional donated goods. About $400 would be spent on shipping, he said. He said that letters are sent to the schools so that children can make requests for their parents or other relatives who are stationed in Iraq or elsewhere. When they have more supplies than requests, he calls Fort Campbell to see about getting addresses of more soldiers or a list of items they might want. He said that when they first started shipping the packages, most of them went to locals, but it has grown enough to include more.

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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