"Combat Wounded Veterans"
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Operation Care Packages

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Connecticut just shipped
another group of "Care Packages" to 6 different U. S. combat units in Iraq. The
packages included sets of posters with thank you messages from MOPH
members and from the public (the care packages have included thank you messages from approximately 1,440 people), phone cards (shipments have had $1,000.00 in phone cards enclosed), and the items listed below. Operation Care Packages was formed in order to send thank you messages and care packages to Connecticut servicemen and women assigned to Iraq and Afghanistan. Since September care packages have been sent to 32 different units in Iraq.

To participate in Operation Care Packages or for additional information contact either Burke Ross (203) 929-3115 e-mail: burkeross@aol.com or or Al Meadows (203) 929-3357 e-mail: al.meadows@snet.net. Volunteers are needed to collect thank you messages (info on first message collection day) , or to collect the items, or to help pack and ship the items for the troops. Our next "packing and shipping" date is scheduled for August 6th between 10 am and noon at the Derby Veterans Memorial Hall at 1 Atwater Avenue, Derby, CT (Directions on our web site listed above, also check web site for future shipment dates). Items can be delivered then, or if necessary Chapter #1 will pick-up the items. Operation Care Packages will be an ongoing project, check our web site for future events and project progress reports. To donate money for the purchase of the above mentioned items, make your check out to Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter #1 (write in the memo area of the check "For Operation Care Packages") and mail to Burke Ross, 47 Christine Drive, Shelton, Connecticut 06484-2503.

Items requested:
* AT&T International Phone cards for Iraq, To order: (214) 583-5021
* Handiwipes
* Travel games or games to play
* Cards
* Foot powder
* Air fresheners not aerosol or plug-in
* Magazines, books, & cross word puzzles
* Snacks, candy, gum, powdered drinks
* Sun block
* Pens and pencils
* Insect repellent non-fragrance
* Stationary and envelopes (no stamps)
* Non-perishable, microwaveable food items, ex. popcorn

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