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Locals Elks Lodge to send care packages to troops abroad

PHILLIP YATESSpecial to the Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Know any soldiers from Colorado who are serving in Iraq, Kuwait or Afghanistan?Charlene Jones wants to hear from you.Jones, the owner of the local Mountain Man Nut and Fruit Co. and an active member of the Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge 2286, is seeking names and addresses of active-duty military personnel with local ties so the grass-roots effort she is spearheading can send care packages to them.”We are not doing ‘goody’ boxes,” Jones said. “We are calling them comfort boxes. As long as (soldiers) are serving over there, we’ll take names and send care packages over.” Instead of packages with cookies and candy, Jones said her “comfort boxes” will be full of toiletries, including body power, suntan lotion and lip balm. She decided to fill her packages with those items after hearing of soldiers’ needs while she was working on the “Operation Vacation” program, which provides soldiers with free vacations in Glenwood Springs.While Jones and the volunteers who are working with her will send packages to anyone in Iraq, Kuwait or Afghanistan, they are specifically looking for soldiers with local or Colorado ties to receive their care packages.”That would be ideal,” she said.But as of Friday, Jones said she only had addresses for six soldiers, all of whom are serving in Iraq. Jones said she recently approached the local Elks Lodge Board of Trustees for permission to start the care package project. “Everybody was all for it,” said Jones, adding the American Legion in Carbondale and the Rifle Elks Lodge are assisting with the project. “It will be a good program. Our lodge is very active in the community and with (veterans). We don’t do anything for people presently serving, and we like to do that.”Anybody who knows of local or Colorado soldiers serving in Iraq, Afghanistan or Kuwait is asked to contact Jones at Mountain Man Nut and Fruit Co., 819 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, or at 928-8876. Jones said she is willing to accept donated items or cash donations. Checks for the program should made payable to BPOE 2286.

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