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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Support Our Troops campaign launched

Veterans Affairs Director Will Worthington
Support Our Troops campaign launched

Care packages for active-duty military service members are being assembled by the Potter County Office of Veterans Affairs for dispatch in the coming weeks.

“These campaigns are popular over the holidays, but our service men and women serve year-around,” said Will Worthington, director of veterans affairs for Potter County.
Family members or friends of service members who would appreciate packages are encouraged to provide names and mailing addresses.

Donations of cash and care package items are especially needed. Collection bins have been placed in the main hallway of the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport, just inside the Main Street entrance. Financial donations will be used to cover shipping costs.

Among the items that are being packed are snacks, personal care items, reading materials, writing supplies, playing cards, DVDs, video games, compact discs and games.

“We’re also encouraging people to send cards or personal letters to our service members,” Worthington said. “This would be a good project for school students or youth organizations.”
As a retired soldier who served in the Persian Gulf, Worthington knows first-hand how much the care packages are appreciated.

“It’s especially nice to know that you’re not forgotten and that someone appreciates your service,” he observed. “Some of the conditions our service men and women have to endure are not pleasant. Getting a care package can really brighten their day.”

The Potter County team is coordinating the local campaign with Goodies for our Troops, a certified non-profit organization based in Tioga County.

More information is available from Will Worthington at 274-8290, extension 210, or Charlotte Dietrich at 274-8254.


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