The group putting together the boxes was headed up by the Tigard Breakfast Rotary
The Times, Dec 11, 2009
Community members gathered on the morning of Dec. 4 at the Tualatin V.F.W. hall to pack care boxes for the 41st Brigade Combat Team of the Oregon National Guard, who are based in Tigard and stationed in Iraq.
The group was led by members of the Tigard Breakfast Rotary, and they managed to pack 32 boxes full of â€œOregon goodies,â€ including cards from children at St. Anthony Catholic Church, holly branches, cedar chips, jam and other essentials like toothpaste. The boxes were sent to eight â€œforward basedâ€ chaplains in 41st BCT, with the intention of distributing them to soldiers who donâ€™t receive other mail. DVDs of the recent Civil War football game were also included in some boxes.
According to Dale Potts, the VFW post commander, chaplains in the company â€œmake it their business to knowâ€ when soldiers arenâ€™t receiving mail or other notes from family. Sometimes, he said, this is because they were foster children and donâ€™t have the same support system other soldiers do.
Besides support from the Rotary Club, local Wells Fargo and Starbucks stores also donated supplies.