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Christmas packages sent to military

December 03, 2008

WILLIAMSPORT -- On Dec. 2, the Ladies of Harley group mailed 50 boxes to military personnel overseas for the Christmas holidays.

"We take the names of local soldiers for these care packages," said Roberta Nave, president of the ladies group that is affiliated with Harley-Davidson Chapter 1544 in Williamsport.

A typical package contains a Christmas tree, nativity scene, garlands, candy canes, nuts, a canned ham accompanied by a full nonperishable Christmas dinner, cards and personal items not always available in a war zone.

"In the spring, we send more boxes," Nave said.

Military personnel who receive the packages often send thank-you notes and e-mails, she said.

The Ladies of Harley raise their own funds for these projects. There have been quilt raffles and, currently, the members are wrapping presents on weekends at the Harley-Davidson store at 10210 Governor Lane Blvd. in Williamsport.

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Now in its third year, the Ladies of Harley also support Christmas angels at San Mar and Cedar Ridge children's homes and help families through CASA, Nave said.

More information may be obtained by calling Nave at 301-842-3002.

-- Marlo Barnhart

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