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Away for the holidays: how to send care packages to military service members

Away for the holidays: how to send care packages to military service members


PERLMAN SHOWS US WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP. ((I HAVE BEEN A MILITARY WIFE FOR ALMOST 22 YEARS)) BETSEY RUSSELL’S HUSBAND IS A LOAD MASTER IN THE FLYING SQUADRON AT THE NIAGARA FALLS AIRBASE. ((HE’S BEEN DEPLOYED OVERSEAS FOUR TIMES- AND OF COURSE STATEWIDE MANY MANY PLACES)) SHE SAYS ITS HARD WHEN HER FAMILY IS APART- ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR. SO SHE’S TAKEN UPON HERSELF TO COLLECT ITEMS TO SEND TO SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE DEPLOYED OVER THE HOLIDAYS. ((IT IS VERY HARD ON THE FAMILIES WHO ARE HERE WHEN THEY KNOW THEY KNOW THERE IS A SERVICE MEMBER THAT IS AWAY WHEN THEY’RE NOT GOING TO EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS MORNING AROUND THE TREE- ESPECIALLY WITH THEIR CHILDREN SO IT IS A DIFFICULT TIME)) THE KEY FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM HERE HELPS TO FILL THAT VOID. RUSSELL SAYS SERVICE MEMBERS WANT A TASTE OF HOME THIS TIME OF YEAR: ((WHEN THEY ARE OVER SEAS THEY ARE LOOKING FOR PERSONAL TOUCHES- LETTERS FROM HOME, PICTURES FROM THE KIDS PICTURES OF SEASOON CHANGES WHETHER IT BE LEAVES FALLING THE FIRST SNOWFALL THEY’RE MISSING THE SEASONS THEY’RE LOOKING FOR THE GREEN TREES)) RUSSELL SAYS TOILETRIES ARE MORE ACCESSIBLE NOW- BUT WING SAUCE, SPONGE CANDY, OR HOMEMADE COOKIES ARE IN HIGH DEMAND! BUT GETTING YOUR PACKAGE THERE- NEEDS EXTRA ATTENTION: ((MILITARY MAIL IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THEN SENDING SOMETHING TO IDAHO- YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF WHAT ZIP CODES HAVE WHAT RESTRICTIONS)) LEADERS WITH THE POSTAL SERVICE SAY YOU’LL NEED TO FILL OUT CUSTOMS FORMS IF YOU’RE SENDING ABROAD, AND TO SEND A PACKAGE, YOU’LL NEED TO KNOW A SPECIFIC PERSON AND ADDRESS: ((IT USED TO BE YOU COULD SEND SOEMTHING TO ANY SERVICEMAN AFTER 9/11 THAT WENT AWAY. SO NOW IF YOU WANT TO SEND TO SOMEBODY THAT YOU DONT KNOW YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET A COMPLETE ADDRESS FROM A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER OR GO TO AN AGENCY THAT SUPPORTS OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN)) IF YOU’D LIKE TO DONATE OR SUPPORT A SERVICE MEMBER HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE. IN LOCKPORT MARISSA


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