Join Friends of CHS in Supporting Our Troops
You can easily brighten the day of a local soldier stationed overseas! For the tenth year, Friends of Coffey Health System is compiling care packages to send to local troops stationed overseas, including canine units. Everyday items such as toiletry/hygiene items; snacks; playing cards; crossword/Sudoku books; gently-used magazines, CDs & books; and leftover Halloween candy are greatly appreciated by service men and women deployed overseas.
Over the past nine years, Friends of Coffey Health System have collected and sent 970 care packages. Last year alone, they shipped 195 flat-rate boxes to four different military units including four canine units. Monetary donations help to cover postage expenses and purchase additional goods. Monetary donations can be made at the hospital gift shop located at the main entrance of Coffey County Hospital. The care packages also include handwritten cards and letters from local schoolchildren.
Friends of Coffey Health System will have tables set up at Hoover’s Thriftway on October 6th and 20th. Help us reach 200 boxes this year!
“We’re grateful to Hoover’s for working with us and making it easy for their patrons to participate,” Booth said. “Shoppers can pick up a list of requested items as they enter the store, then drop off their donations with our volunteers on their way back out.“
A soldier in the 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One) wrote, “Your gifts bless us this holiday season and brought us a taste of home … one soldier even remarked that this was the only mail and gift he received this year. Thank you for making that possible and for being a blessing to so many.”
Additional names and addresses are also being sought of military personnel who are stationed overseas. If you know of someone who should receive one of these care packages, call Booth at (620) 364-8015 or the hospital gift shop at 364-2121 Ext. 4267.
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