Flag sales raise money for military support group

November 10, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

Christmas in the Middle East for area men and women in the armed services should be a little brighter this year, thanks to the efforts of the Washington County Military Support Group.

Last year, nearly 38,000 Christmas cards were sent to members of the military.Tthis year, the group is hoping to exceed that number.

The drive, which is continuing through Nov. 20, is receiving financial support from a number of fund drives, including a current sale of flags.


Heritage Academy students made a limited edition freedom flag to be sold at $2 each.

Founded in March 2003, the Military Support Group represents families from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

Meetings are each Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Boonsboro.

The group holds fundraising events throughout the year to support the annual holiday card drive. For those sending cards, the following guidelines must be followed:

  • Contact the group if you have a family member currently serving in the Middle East. A name and unit address is needed when the cards are picked up, dropped off or mailed to Lynn Jones, P.O. Box 223, Keedysville, Md., 21756.

  • Cards may be homemade or store bought, messages should be appropriate and cards will be screened for security or sensitive issues. Do not send envelopes or postage.

  • Do not send blank cards.

  • Cards may include messages of well wishes and support and may request a pen pal.

    n Also being sought are prepaid phone cards, individually wrapped nonmelting candy and monetary donations to defray costs of mailings.

Questions may be referred to Jones at 301-432-4979.

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