News brief for Sept. 30

VFW to send items to troops in Iraq

The Veterans of Foreign Wars is planning a weekend event to benefit the unit of one local soldier.

Carrie Harless is organizing a collection of items to send to Craig native Guy Bradshaw and his Army unit, stationed in Iraq.

Volunteers will be set up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the entrance to Kmart. They are seeking donations of non-perishable items to ship to the troops. Harless suggests items such as fruit roll-ups, pudding, VHS and DVDs, T-shirts, sewing kits and any other item that will not melt in shipment. All food items must be sealed.

Jim Stoddard, owner of PackCenter Shipping, will mail the packages for free through the Operation APO Ship Free program, which is funded through community donations.

Some big donors are Ford Motor Company, Trapper Mine, Victory Motors, the VFW as well as many individuals.

"We got quite a number of boxes in late last week and the fund is sufficiently low that we need to inspire people to contribute more money," Stoddard said.

VFW Post Commander Bud Nelson said the troops in Bradshaw's battalion most desperately need hydraulic bottle jacks for their Hum-Vees, but that's not something he thinks the organizations can afford to send.

So he's contacted the Army and National Guard offices to get the soldiers the supplies they need. In the meantime, Nelson plans to send them the toiletries and foods he thinks they will enjoy.

Stoddard hopes the attention from the VFW's efforts will encourage people to continue to contribute to the Ship Free fund.

"We've been thinking about hurricanes a lot lately," he said, "and we've forgotten our soldiers. We need to remember everyone all the time."

Donations of items, as well as monetary contributions for both the packages and Ship Free will be accepted Saturday. Call Harless at 824-7145 or Stoddard at 824-7957.

Coat drive under way; drop-off is at Loyd's

Love Inc. of the Yampa Valley is again collecting winter coats for people who need them.

Coats can be delivered to Loyd's Cleaners, 552 Breeze St. from now until Oct. 7.

Love Inc. is only accepting winter coats, snowmobile suits, hats, gloves and mittens. Light jackets can be delivered to Community Budget Center.

Children's sizes and XXL sizes are especially needed.

If donors cannot make it to Loyd's Cleaners, they can call Pat Jones at 824-5222 or 826-4400.


Veterans Service Office has benefit information

Area veterans needing information on or applications for veterans benefits should contact the Moffat County Veterans Service Office in the Colorado Workforce Center. Call the office at 824-3246, ext. 23, or e-mail veterans@moffatcounty.net.

The Veterans Office is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and by appointment on Friday.

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