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How this all started...
We received a letter from a listener who needs our help:
Over the weekend I got a call from
my daughter who is stationed in Afghanistan (she's an MP
in the 333rd reserve unit and we're so proud of her). Winter
has begun in Afghanistan. The weather isn't too bad right
now, but eventually the average daily temps will be 15 below
zero. It can get down to 40 below zero. She and her unit
are in a very remote part of the district of Waza Khwa.
The only way to get supplies and mail is via helicopter.
The winter storms will begin within about a month. Once
that happens, the copters are grounded for at least 3 months.
No mail... no supply drops... no nothing for 3 months. Here's
the problem. She left North Carolina a couple of weeks ago.
The soldiers in her unit were told to pack only 1 fleece
jacket, 1 pair long underwear, 1 pair gloves and one hat
in the bags they were carrying with them. They were instructed
to pack the rest of their cold weather gear in their trunks,
which would be delivered to them later. Well, their trunks
are on a ship in the middle of the ocean and probably won't
reach land before the helicopters are grounded. They'll
likely get their cold weather gear in time for summer. There
are 400 soldiers with only the cold weather gear they were
allowed to carry with them. Packages sent to them within
the next couple of weeks (say by Thanksgiving to be safe)
should reach them before the helicopters are grounded. I
can't afford to send them all warm weather gear but maybe
you and your listeners can help.
Please drop of any of the following supplies at
the station between
8am-5pm we will send everything over to the soldiers in this unit.
97X - 1229 Brady Street - Davenport, IA
We are shipping out on Tuesday
the 25th so please hurry!
• Long underwear (black, tan, olive green
- if possible)
• women's sizes small through
• men's sizes medium through
• Gloves (black - preferably flame retardant)
• Wool socks (black, tan, olive green - if possible)
• Hats (black or brown fleece)
• Hand/toe warmer packs
• Money for postage
DROP OFF POINTS
If you live in the Clinton area you can drop
of supplies this weekend at Marty's Party Bus which will be parked
at these locations:
Saturday from 9-11am
Camanche Elementary School at 508 11th Pl, Camanche, IA
(go south on 7th Ave off of 67 and take a left on 11th Pl)
Sunday from 1-2pm
Gateway State Bank at 2600 Lincoln Way, Clinton, IA
(across from Arby's)
We will be collecting items from 5-7pm at the
Funky Moe’s Wing Bar & Grill (formerly Pluckers)
1720 E Kimberly Rd, Davenport, IA
SUNDAY AT HOOTERS
Beth will be collecting supplies from noon-2pm
Watch some football and bring her some underpants!
FREEPORT DROP OFF LOCATIONS
American Red Cross - Northwest Illinois Chapter
224 West Galena Avenue
20 East Stevenson Street
A special thanks to our wonderful
group of volunteers from
Marine Moms of the QC and the Patriot
Guard Riders who
were here both mornings packing boxes for the troops!
Soldiers at the 333rd's send-off dinner
held at the Freeport, IL VFW on August 28, 2008
Dinner was sponsored by the VFW and the Northwest
Chapter of the American Red Cross, and paid for by a
generous volunteer/supporter of our Chapter.