2006-12-09 / Front Page

Package Team delivers again

By Alex Davis, News Assistant

A Cameron County organization continued its tradition of sending gift boxes to area military personnel last weekend. Volunteers gathered at the Memorial Hall in Emporium Saturday to assemble some 100 “care packages.”

Package Team members began the tradition more than 20 years ago. Their work has become more intense over the past three years as area military personnel have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the War on Terror.

Each package contains Christian reading material and a Christmas card, as well as a candy, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, soup packets, tablets, post cards and postage stamps. The 100 boxes sent this year surpasses the 85 or so sent in previous years.

“People are amazed that a small town can do this,” Package Team member Karin Schatz said. “It’s a way of letting the service men and women know we’re thinking of them,”

The team starts collecting addresses and supplies in September. Baby wipes, hand sanitizer, flavored drink packets and snacks are the service members’ favorites.

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