Oct 02

Small Items Make Soldiers’ Day

Guilford Courier – October 02, 2008

Small items that make a soldier’s day are sought by the Guilford VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary. The group hopes to send hundreds of items, from baby wipes to power bars, shampoo to snacks, to Connecticut troops in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

“They can really use the usual items like travel-sized shampoo as well as snacks, puzzle books, and other items to occupy their leisure time,” said Guilford VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary President Gayle Molloy-Barbour.

VFW Donations

Items collected will be sent to Connecticut Army National Guard members deployed from the 1109th AVCRAD (Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot) out of Groton, said Molloy-Barbour.

“The specific unit we’ll be supporting is the 1109th AVCRAD, though we will also be mailing to any deployed local troops we are notified of. If anyone has a friend or family member whom they would like us to mail to, they can contact us to add them to the list,” she said.

Donations can be left at the Guilford VFW building on Mill Road or at Madison Carpet Shop on the Boston Post Road (just over the Guilford/Madison town line). Madison Carpet Shop is operated by the (John) Fonda family, which has teamed with the Guilford VFW to run collection drives for local troops over the past several years.

“I can’t say enough about the Fonda family and their willingness to help the troops and the VFW,” said Molloy-Barbour. “Not only have they done these collections several times, but they’ve also joined our group in going to the West Haven VA hospital to run a recreational bingo game in the Blind Center there. Our veterans could use more families like this one, to give so unselfishly of their time and energy.” (…)

Care package items can be dropped off daily at the Guilford VFW on Mill Road from 1 to 9 p.m. or at Madison Carpet Shop during business hours, 26 Boston Post Road, Madison. To make a donation, checks made out to Guilford VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary can be sent c/o Gayle Molloy-Barbour, 11 Allen Place, New Haven 06512. For more info, call 203-467-2868.

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