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LADIES AUXILIARY WORKS TO SEND TROOPS GOODIES

A simple way to show they care ...

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As a mother of two who served overseas, VFW Post 1512 Ladies Auxiliary President Beth Flinn knows care packages show deployed service members they have supporters at home.

When her sons were deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, Flinn regularly sent them goodies from home. “It let them know that we cared for the sacrifice they made for us,” said Flinn.

Although her sons are now home, she and other Auxiliary members still frequently send care packages to those serving abroad.

They gather at the Post to bake cookies and pack other food and toiletries for deployed Marines based in Miramar.

Diane Paige, Chaplain at the Post, began the Post’s care package program shortly after Sept. 11.

Every few months, the Ladies Auxiliary spends $600-$700 for enough food and toiletries to fill 30-40 packages. They try to coordinate the packages around major holidays because as Flinn says, “There's nothing better than a package from home during the holidays.”

They raise the funds by holding bake sales for the postage, and Post members donate non-perishable items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, hard candy, prepackaged meals and snacks. Local stores also donate items to be shipped.

Area students contribute as well. “We have members who work for the school districts here in the San Diego area, and they let the teachers know when we are going to send out packages. The teachers have the children write letters and make cards to pack along,” says Flinn.

Flinn and others know the care packages are worth their time and efforts. They often receive letters from the troops expressing their thanks. “The letters of appreciation in return make it really worthwhile,” says Flinn.

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