(Oct. 31, 2014) American Legion Synepuxent Post #166 in Ocean City began collecting items to send to troops overseas, Oct. 10, and the group will continue gathering supplies until Dec. 6.
Items that have been donated so far include white T-shirts, socks, toiletry items, soap, shampoo, snack bars and game books.
Drop-off sites are located at several businesses in Worcester County.
“Last year we had a lot of community support,” said American Legion Commander Sarge Garlitz. “It’s a good thing.”
The legion is collecting food, toiletry items, clothing and knick-knacks for soldiers.
Food items include dry cereal, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, granola bars and tuna and chicken snack packs. Toiletry items include cleansers, soap, shaving cream in tubes, small packs of tissues, eye drops and nasal sprays.
Dominos, playing cards, packs of plain T-shirts in khaki and green, small flashlights and laundry detergent is also being requested.
“Every package we send goes to a named soldier,” Garlitz said.
The American Legion Post #166 sends the packages to soldiers in war zones and other areas overseas. Garlitz makes contact with sergeants and asks if there are any members of their unit who do not receive much mail. Several packages go to these soldiers, along with personal cards.
The American Legion will be packaging items on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day, and shipping them on Dec. 8.
“The American Legion family consists of The Legion members, the Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders. They all play a huge part making this project a success,” Garlitz said. “This project is one of the Four Pillars of the American Legion, taking care of our veterans.”
The collection tubs will be placed at the following locations:
• Post #166, 2308 Philadelphia Ave in Ocean City
• Boggs-Disharoon Post #123, 10111 Old Ocean City Road in Berlin
• The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce, 11031 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines
• The Bank of Ocean City in West Ocean City and the 59th Street Branch in Ocean City
Monetary donations should be mailed to the American Legion Post #166 P.O. Box 63 Ocean City, Md. 21843.
For more information, contact Garlitz at 443-735-1942, firstname.lastname@example.org, or
John Granite at 302-494-7499, email@example.com.