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Shepherdstown fire department sends packages to troops

August 14, 2005|By CANDICE BOSLEY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

Four packages that will be dropped off today at the Shepherdstown Post Office have a long journey ahead of them - they're bound for military men and women stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The boxes are filled with toiletries, personal items, candy, books, CDs, DVDs and other items collected by the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department.

Members of the community sent the items to be mailed, said firefighter Dave Donohue, who led the effort.

"Without getting involved in the politics, we realize we have our sons and daughters and brothers and sisters overseas," he said. "It was just a way to support the troops."

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Packages are being sent to a Marine Corps unit stationed in Afghanistan, an Army unit in Iraq, an Air Force unit in Afghanistan and a Navy unit in Iraq.

The units were chosen at random, Donohue said.

The Air Force unit has a K-9, so items for the dog are included in that package.

Donohue said he hopes to send four packages per week for as long as needed. The idea originated because he was sending packages to people he knows personally who were stationed overseas.

The response from the community has been "more than we anticipated," Donohue said.

The units were chosen through the Web site www.anysoldier.com, which connects people in the United States with service members and units overseas that would like to receive letters and packages.

Items can be dropped off at the fire department on W.Va. 45 west of downtown Shepherdstown. Monetary donations, used to pay for postage, can be mailed to Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box F, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.

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