Save the date: Care package drive for the troops – May 14 & 15

Above: Volunteers pack boxes for the troops at a care package drive last fall

Osama bin Laden may be gone, but for now troops in Afghanistan still face the daily rigors of life in a combat zone. Southborough residents Lisa Braccio and Debbie Depp-Wilson hope to make the lives of those servicemen and women a little more comfortable, and they need your help.

On May 14 and 15, Braccio and Depp-Wilson will hold their 13th semi-annual care package drive for the troops at the Southborough Senior Center. They’re looking for donations of food and drinks, personal care necessities, and entertainment items.

“There is more need in this our 13th drive than in any other we have done,” Braccio said. “The majority of the service members we will be supporting are literally on a mountaintop with no running water, shower or bathrooms, no electricity, no PX to buy needed items, eating MRE’s 3 meals a day. They are shipped to a larger base once a week for a shower and hot meal.”

Last fall, Braccio and Depp-Wilson collected and shipped more than 10,000 pounds of treats and basic necessities to troops in Afghanistan.

This spring’s drive will be held in honor of Sergeant Amy Metcalf of Florida. Metcalf, who is scheduled to leave for her third deployment to Afghanistan later this year, will travel to Southborough to thank the Southborough community for their support.

Braccio and Depp-Wilson say no donation is too small. Check out this flyer for a list of requested items. You can also make monetary donations to help with the cost of shipping. Residents are also asked to make cards for the troops to thank them for their service.

You can drop off items at the Senior Center (9 Cordaville Road) on Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sunday, May 15 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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