The project began a few months ago when the Ladies Auxiliary found out the son of a member, John McCaskey, was headed to Afghanistan with 14 others from the 838th Security Forces Squadron of the Air Force. The women decided to start collecting funds to buy personal items at their regular monthly meetings. According to Auxiliary trustee Nancy Waldern, the women expanded their collection by putting out fliers for the VFW men to contribute also.
“We brought in more money so we could go out and purchase more items,” she said.
They purchased snacks, toiletries, puzzles and even writing paper and pens. The items were boxed and the women found they had filled 18 boxes. They mailed them out last week and included the three extra boxes that the men could divide among themselves.
“We were delighted to take on the project,” Waldern said.
The Austintown Auxiliary has a bunch of lifetime members, but averages 10 to 12 members regularly. Waldern said the regular members had no problem in supporting the project and getting addition support by the VFW members. Waldern along with auxiliary secretary Dawn Stephenson mailed the packages.
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Dawn Stephenson from the Austintown VFW Post 4237 Women’s Auxiliary mailed out 18 boxes last week, heading to 15 members of the Air Force 838th Security Forces Squadron serving in Afghanistan. The care boxes were filled through donations collected over the past couple of months.