In the past 12 years, Friends of Coffey Health System has collected care package items for American soldiers and canine units overseas. While the COVID pandemic has forced changes in the program—the volunteers have found a way to keep it going.
“Again this year we will focus on our support for the US Wardogs in New Jersey,” said coordinator Linda Booth. “This is an organization we have partnered with for several years to send care packages to overseas dog teams. Currently about 2,700 canine teams are serving to detect danger and protect people. 100 percent of donations goes to fulfilling the wish list of the handlers and dogs.”
To kick-start the effort, Coffey Health System employees dedicated “Jeanerosity Friday,” raising $574. Employees paid (at least) one dollar for the privilege of wearing jeans to work.
The organization hopes to relaunch the care package collection program next year.
“We have proudly mailed 1,385 flat-rate boxes to soldiers around the globe,” Booth said. “We hope to be able to collect items next fall to send to troops and we appreciate the tremendous community support that we’ve received over the years.”