Support Our Troops-Linens Needed

Valley Grange Members Jim and Mary Annis have a grandson currently serving his fourth tour in Iraq. His unit, the 51st Trans Company is finishing up their tour and was the unit to “close the gate” as they left Iraq and entered Kuwait. In about 6 weeks they will be returning “home” to Mannheim, Germany. For married soldiers everything is already set for their arrival as their spouses will see to their needs. However, 109 single soldiers will be arriving to live in the barracks. Usually a FRG (Family Readiness Group), an organization made up of family members and volunteers, provides basic linens for these returning soldiers, however, this group located in Mannheim does not have enough funds to provide these linens. They are hoping to collect twin sheets, pillow cases, pillows, towels and washcloths for each of the single soldiers.

The army does provide brown towels, wash clothes and sleeping bags when a soldier enlists. The reason the barracks rooms are set up before their arrival is because when they deploy they pack up their rooms and everything gets put into storage. Sometimes they arrive in the middle of the night and go straight to bed. The soldiers do not have access to the stored items for several weeks.

This call for help is going out to several organizations in several states. Any extra items collected will be donated to an orphanage in Germany.

If you’d like to help in some way just bring your donations to the next Grange meeting on the 20th or contact Jim or Mary who have said they’ll take care of shipping the items to the proper location.