Operation Henry County Cares to send packages to 167 soldiers

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By Matt Goldman

Staff writer and photographer

The Henry County High School class of '08 is collecting items for its sixth annual "Operation Henry County Cares" which provides a variety of supplies for soldiers stationed overseas.

This year they've "adopted" 130 male and 37 female service members stationed in either Iraq, Afghanistan, or Kuwait; some of whom have a connection to the county.

"This year is particularly special for us because two of the brigades we are supporting are being led by two Henry County graduates," said Judy Rice, Henry County High School Senior Sponsor.

Dustin Mullins a 1998 Henry County graduate and Chase Dewitt from the class of 2003 are both stationed in the 101 APOA division in Iraq.

In cooperation with veterans day and the upcoming holiday season, the organization would like to have their first shipment out for Thanksgiving and are collecting anything that the community is willing to supply such as food, practical items like razors, shaving cream, combs and brushes, towels, etc. They are also accepting "fun items" as well, like post cards, yo yo's, frisbees, bandannas and disposable cameras to name a few.

In addition, with the upcoming holiday season, decorations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve are a top priority.

Rice would also like to make clear that even if one's budget does not allow it things with sentimental value such as letters and childrens' artwork are also gladly accepted.

To take part in the cause, items can be dropped off care of Judy Rice at the high school. Arrangements to have donations picked up can also be made.

For more information contact Judy Rice at 502-845-8670.

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