Lynn Supports Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

November 22, 2011
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The Second annual Lynn Supports the troops Care package Drive was accomplished with the hard work of a small group of volunteers. More than 200 packages were sent to the troops. Shown above are some of those participating: Taylor, Joe and Jaquiline Kulakowlski; Lynn, Joe and Joseph Tarasuik; Bob and Alez Brady; Mary Chalmers, Harriet Fromer, Joe Donahue, Larry Doucette, Peter Capano, Joyce Delehanty, Janice Kelty, and Arthur Salkins.

For the second year in a row, a group of devoted Lynners – devoted to making life just a bit easier for our troops fighting wars in faraway lands – have been coming together and creating care packages.

The care packages contain a variety of the homegrown things Americans like to eat like Oreos, Cheezits, crackers, Pringles, Pop Tarts, cereal bars and all the things one couldn’t find in the mountains of Afghanistan in a lifetime of searching and hoping.

The things included are band aids, clothing, soap, shampoo, Q-tips and on and on and on.

The Lynn care package operation is being run by Lynn’s Veteran Services Director Mike Sweeney, Office Manager Mary Cronin Lopresti and a caring group of dedicated volunteers.

“This is one way to shore our men and women overseas fighting in these dangerous wars how much we care,” said Sweeney.

“I am proud so many Lynners have come to participate in this package program,” he added.

The most recent coordinated care package effort took place last weekend.

There were a series of drop-off locations in the city: the veterans department at city hall; the newspaper on Exchange Street; and the Lynn Fire Department – Western Avenue, Broadway and Fayette Street stations.

Drive packaging was done by a large group of volunteers at the Lynn Volunteer Yacht Club on November 19.

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