On April 17, Washington County employees participated in a special "Honor and Support our Troops" Casual Day, in cooperation with the American Red Cross.
Checks from the Washington County Commissioners totaling $504 and a $25 personal check were sent to the Hagerstown Chapter of the Red Cross, representing donations from Washington County employees who participated in the special event.
Coordinators of the event asked that the funds be used for the Operation Keep Connected phone cards, to ship care packages to troops in the Middle East, or to benefit the troops in whatever manner is most needed at this time.
The funds are over and above those being collected for Operation Keep Connected in donation cans in county buildings. A Red Cross volunteer had made the event coordinators aware that funds were needed for shipping phone cards and other goods overseas.