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There’s still time to make donation for few good men

Thursday, November 22, 2012 - Updated: 7:54 AM

By LINDA KELLETT

C-S-E News Staff

FORT PLAIN — Wanted: Supplies for “a few good men” and women, including paperback books, portable games, crossword/puzzle books, batteries, sun block, bug repellent, hard candies, gum, beef jerky, trail mix, snack crackers, toiletries (for example, shaving supplies), baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, shelf-stable puddings, gelatins and fruits, and more.

In what has become a holiday tradition, members of Court Catherine Esther No. 1264, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, are once again collecting items to send to service personnel in Afghanistan before Christmas.

Court Regent Marlene Nalli said the deadline for this year’s collection is on Monday, at which time members of the organization will go to the various repositories (for example, NBT Bank branches in Canajoharie and Fort Plain, the vestibule of Our Lady of Hope Church in Fort Plain, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Canajoharie, and area Liberty ARC residences) to gather all of the donations and prepare them for shipment.

“Everything has to be shipped by Dec. 1,” said Nalli, who has served as chairperson of the collection for the last seven or eight years.

She said, “Every year, I try to find a different contact person]. I try to keep [the distribution] local. This year, I couldn’t find anyone local in Afghanistan.”

Consequently, the organization reached out to Lisa Bowman, a Fort Plain graduate and lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard who’s currently working at a veterans’ hospital, to see if she could find any local service personnel to whom the group could send the supplies.

Nalli said that Bowman couldn’t locate anyone from the Canajoharie-Fort Plain area, “but she found five people from the Albany-Schenectady area.”

Consequently, this year’s distribution will be divided among five service personnel from the Capital District and others in their units.

“They know it’s coming and will share,” said Nalli.

In addition to the nonperishable food items, toiletries, books and such, Nalli said the group is seeking monetary contributions, which will be used to defray the cost of shipping as well as to purchase of AT&T calling cards. Generally, it costs about $250 for the cheaper flat-rate postage, she said.

Because of collections for victims of Hurricane Sandy and the court’s late start with this year’s servicemen’s drive, Nalli predicted there would probably be fewer items to ship than in the past.

Anyone wishing to contribute monetary donations is asked to make checks payable to CDA Court 1264 and deliver them to Treasurer Terry O’Connell, 2 Maple Avenue, Apt. 210, Canajoharie, N.Y. 13317.

     

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