Auxiliary Adopts Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Rosetta LaPaglia
Unit Secretary

UTICA, Jan. 11, 2010 -- One of our ongoing Auxiliary projects has been our adoption of soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.One of our adopted soldiers

In 2008, we adopted a platoon of 43 soldiers, both men and women, and this past year another platoon of 33 soldiers, sending them 16 comfort boxes filled with much-needed and requested items. 

Our soldiers received sun block, hand sanitizers, lip balm, handiwipes, toothpaste, foot powder, cotton socks, movies, magazines and dozens of books; games such as Yahtzee, playing cards, darts, checkers, chess, and more.  We’ve sent greeting and thank-you cards and writing paper.  Sports equipment included basketballs and baseballs, bats, gloves and footballs.

Food items such as pasta and packaged sauces, soups, candy, pepperoni sticks, beef jerky, crackers, chips and more were sent. 

Our ladies baked 25-30 dozen cookies and Rice Krispie treats, and sent several more dozens of purchased cookies.  

Our ladies helped with shopping, and packed many boxes, and our National Security chair, Pat Dodge, has worked tirelessly shopping, organizing boxes, carrying them home to complete the packing, and taking them to the post office for shipment.  She has written several letters and emails to ensure our packages reached their destination. 

Our post’s Legionnaires have been extremely generous in this endeavor.  They have given us over $250 for postage and shipping costs and more than $600 to purchase items.  Our unit has spent an additional $150 for other items. 

Our troops are very thankful for our support. They have written letters, sent us pictures, and are keeping us informed of their duties. Sadly, we received one letter informing us of the death of one of “our boys”, and prayers are being said.

It has been an honor and a privilege to have a small part in providing some comfort to our men and women who are making this great sacrifice for us.

Monday Lunch

In other Auxiliary news:

Pat Dodge, who is our VA&R chairman, is donating her time and effort every Monday afternoon to our veterans and post family, cooking and serving free lunches, with the cost covered by our unit.  She has served over 100 lunches to date.