Holiday packages going to soldiers

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The Vevay American Legion Auxiliary will be sending care packages for Christmas to our men and women deployed in Afghanistan.

The community has always donation items to put in the packages, and those wishing to make donations this year may take them to the American Legion post on Ferry Street before this Friday, November 25th.

Items soldiers need include: baby wipes, hand sanitizer, lip balm, Visine eye drops, razors, tooth brushes and toothpaste; baby powder; foot powder; and cotton tube socks.

Food items that can be shipped include: canned meat; cookies or chips in containers that do not crush; beef jerky; powdered drink mix; Slim Jims; and sunflower seeds.

Snack items include: hard Christmas candy; energy bars; nuts; and gum.

Fun items include: handheld games with batteries; silly string; yo-yo’s; DVDs; CDs; and travel-size games. Phone cards are also very important.

It is also noted that there is one female soldier, so items are needed to her.

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After all of the donations are gathered, everyone is invited to come to the legion hall this Saturday, November 26th at 10 a.m. to help fill the boxes.

Art teachers in the county have also been notified so that school children can create cards to be included in the packages.

Currently, the American Legion Auxiliary has the addresses of the following soldiers: Grant Priest; Private Brady Lattire; AM2 Dustin Rosewell; Christopher Rosenberger; Jacob Miller; 2 Lieutenant Donovan Sullivan; SFC Michael Bushman; 1 Lieutenant Ryan Wood; and Robbyn Everette.

If there are any other names and addresses of soldiers that have not been given to the legion auxiliary, family members should write those down and give them to the legion so that those soldiers may also be included in the mailing. To provide a soldier’s name and address, call the legion at 427-9144 or Rita Sullivan at 427-3947.

“We want to let these soldiers know that they are not forgotten this holiday season,” Rita Sullivan said. “We are very grateful for their service to our country.”