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Holiday Hope for Our Overseas Troops
is the theme for a collaborative effort of Kent’s Davis IGA and American Legion Hall-Jennings Post 153 to gather and
deliver holiday packages to men and women serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other overseas locations.
Beginning Friday, November 23, Davis IGA at Kent Green will be the collection point for non-perishable, light-weight items
such as beef jerky, summer sausage, hard candy, gum, sunflower seeds, cheese and cracker packets, chips, tuna/salmon in foil,
instant soups, noodles, cocoa, microwave popcorn, and powdered drink mixes. Gary Davis, Audrey Davis, John Grant and other
IGA personnel will post signs and assist with selections. This will be a home-town community effort to recognize our troops
during this special season,” Gary Davis stated. We are directing the care packages to military units connected to Kent
in any way because we care about them.” Names and addresses of service people should be submitted to Audrey Davis at
868-9376, or to American Legion representative Andy Ocif at 927-3318 (email email@example.com.)
Time is of the essence, according to Cynthia Merritt of Kent, who was instrumental in establishing the Field of Flags in
Gaylordsville and whose son is in Iraq. The cut-off date for contributions is Monday, December 3, so that the packages can
be shipped by December 5.
Other suggestions for donations include Christmas cards and decorations, AT&T phone cards, current magazines, paperback books,
foot powder, and travel size toiletries.
Special carts will be available at Davis IGA for drop-off of items.