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Donations to help soldiers stay in touch

April 09, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Washington County Administrator Rodney Shoop said Tuesday the county is taking part in Operation Keep Connected, a project created by the American Red Cross in support of U.S. soldiers stationed overseas.

County Public Information Officer Norman Bassett said the operation consists of seeking donations for the purchase of prepaid international telephone calling cards, so soldiers can phone home to the United States.

State's Attorney's office employee Karen Hendrickson, who is a Red Cross volunteer, suggested that the county take part in the operation.

Donation cans are located at the Washington County Administrative Building at 100 W. Washington St., the county office building at 33-35 W. Washington St., the Washington County Administrative Annex at 80 W. Baltimore St., the Forty West Landfill Administration Building, the Water and Sewer Department building on Elliott Parkway, the Washington County Sheriff's Department Patrol Division Building on Western Maryland Parkway, the Highways Central Shop on Northern Avenue, the Parks Department on South Potomac Street and the Recreation Department at Hagerstown Community College campus.

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County officials have asked that employees and members of the public make donations to the operation.

Bassett said an employee committee is discussing additional events to honor overseas troops and county veterans. He has asked that all veterans submit their branch of service, service dates and ranks to the county be listed on a proclamation.

County employees on active duty, reservists and employees who have family members serving overseas also will be honored.

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