With thousands of U.S. troops fighting for our freedoms overseas, members of the Grayslake Fire Department and the Grayslake community are once again coming together to help send some support from our own community.
“Our mission is simple: to provide our local troops with personal items they are in need of as they continue to fight for our freedoms,” said Fire Commissioner Gregory Koeppen. “Last year 225 care packages were sent overseas and we hope to surpass that number this year,” adds Koeppen.
Now through Jan. 27, residents are being encouraged to drop off items that will be shipped to troops serving overseas.
These everyday items, we take for granted, include small non-perishable food items (beef jerky, cookies, candy, snacks, oatmeal packets, trail mix); toiletries (baby wipes, deodorant, hair gel, bug spray, aspirin, eye drops, soap, shampoo); entertainment items (books, playing cards, magazines, DVD’s, games, stationary); and clothing (t-shirts, socks, boxers).
The committee is also in need of monetary donations to help off-set the cost of shipping the boxes from Grayslake to troops serving around the world.
“Boxes are being donated by the U.S. Postal Service, but our goal is to raise $2,000 to cover the $12.95 per care package shipping charge," said Battalion Chief Jim Weidman.
Monetary donations should be made payable and sent to Grayslake Fire Department, 160 Hawley St, Grayslake IL 60030. Please add “Troop Collection” in the memo line.
Currently, drop off locations for items to be shipped include all Grayslake Fire Stations and the Lake County Farm Bureau at 70 US Hwy 45, Grayslake.
On Sunday, Jan. 27, volunteers will be needed to help collect and pack boxes at Grayslake Fire Station #1.
“The success of this event is reliant on the entire Grayslake community coming together to thank our local soldiers fighting for the freedoms we enjoy each and every day,” said Weidman.
Grayslake residents are encouraged to submit names and addresses of Grayslake residents, military family members and friends serving in Afghanistan and other areas allowing local troops to receive the care packages.
For more information about the collection and a complete list of items needed, please visit www.grayslakefire.com or call (847) 223-8960.
Submitted by the Grayslake Fire Department.