3 local soldiers are sent a taste of Craig

Residents, veterans, families create care packages

— Local residents, veterans and families of veterans gathered Friday to help bring local soldiers a taste of Craig.

Cory Phillips, the mother of veteran Ken Roberts, began the effort to send care packages overseas about two weeks ago.

She organized a drive to collect baked goods and cash for local soldiers and had what she called a packing party Friday to assemble the care packages.

The drive collected 170 pounds of food and $420 in cash.

The group found addresses for three soldiers from Craig who are stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany.

In all, the group collected and packaged 18 boxes, giving each of the soldiers six boxes of goods.

But the soldiers will find more than baked goods when they open their packages.

A member of the National Guard, who recently returned from overseas, told Phillips that a lot of soldiers liked unscented hand lotion, so Phillips spent about $100 on lotion for the Craig soldiers.

She spent about $200 on postage, and the rest of the funds were donated to another program that helps mail holiday packages to soldiers overseas.

“I would like to thank the community of Craig for the fabulous response to this drive,” Phillips said.

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