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Annual holiday collection benefits U.S. troops

Local program sends ‘taste of home’ to military serving overseas for holiday season

(Nov. 9, 2012) All Volunteers in Action, a group of local like-minded individuals, has begun collecting holiday gifts for U.S. soldiers serving overseas.

This holiday activity was started nine years ago Carl Foultz, who served in China, Burma and India during World War II. He remembered how much the small comforts of home were not available. Personal products not received from home, for example, were very difficult to obtain.

In November 2003, Foultz organized “Holiday Gifts for our Soldiers” by placing donation containers throughout the area. This year, containers marked to receive donated items will be placed at county libraries in Ocean Pines, Ocean City and Berlin. Containers will also be placed at the Ocean Pines Community Center, American Legion Post 166 in Ocean City, American Legion Post 123 in Berlin, and VFW Post 8296 in Ocean City.

Some suggested items are chewing gum, canned fruits and nuts, Slim Jims, beef jerky, sunglasses, suntan lotion, board games, playing cards, small paperback books and powdered drinks like Crystal Light, tea, coffee and Gatorade. Also needed are daily toiletries for men and women, including dark hand towels, washcloths and foot powder. No liquids or perishable items such as cookies will be accepted.

All donations are appreciated. Make checks payable to “Holiday Gifts for our Soldiers” and mail to Anna Foultz, 127 High Sheriff Trail, Ocean Pines, Md. 21811. The containers will be collected Nov. 30. The distribution of donated items will be coordinated by Lt. Michael Clancy, programs director for the Maryland National Guard.

For more information, call 410-641- 7667 or 410-208-9514.

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