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Grayslake care package drive for troops under way

Updated: January 29, 2013 6:05AM



Members of the Grayslake Fire Department and the Grayslake community are once again coming together to help send some support to U.S. troops serving overseas.

“Our mission is simple: To provide our local troops with personal items they are in need of as they continue to fight for our freedoms,” said Fire Commissioner Gregory Koeppen. “Last year, 225 care packages were sent overseas and we hope to surpass that number this year.”

Through Jan. 27, residents are being encouraged to drop off items that will be shipped to military members, including small, non-perishable foods (beef jerky, cookies, candy, snacks, oatmeal packets, trail mix); toiletries (baby wipes, deodorant, hair gel, bug spray, aspirin, eye drops, soap, shampoo); entertainment items (books, playing cards, magazines, DVDs, games, stationary); and clothing (T-shirts, socks, boxers).

Drop off locations for items to be shipped include all Grayslake fire stations and the Lake County Farm Bureau, 70 Route 45, Grayslake.

Koeppen said the group also is in need of monetary donations to help offset the cost of shipping the boxes from Grayslake to troops serving around the world.

“Boxes are being donated by the U.S. Postal Service, but our goal is to raise $2,000 to cover the $12.95 per care package shipping charge”, said fire Battalion Chief Jim Weidman.

Monetary donations should be made payable and sent to Grayslake Fire Department, 160 Hawley St., Grayslake IL 60030. Add “Troop Collection” in the memo line.

On Jan. 27, volunteers will be needed to help collect and pack boxes at Grayslake Fire Station No. 1.

“The success of this event is reliant on the entire Grayslake community coming together to thank our local soldiers fighting for the freedoms we enjoy each and every day,” said Weidman.

Residents are encouraged to submit names and addresses of Grayslake residents, military family members and friends serving in Afghanistan and other areas allowing local troops to receive the care packages.

For more information about the collection and a complete list of items needed, visit www.grayslakefire.com or call (847) 223-8960.



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