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Lakewood seeking donations for returning 4-2 soldiers

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on May 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm with No Comments »
May 14, 2013 2:43 pm

The city of Lakewood is accepting donations to assist single soldiers assigned to a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade set to return home this summer.

Residents interested in making donations can drop items off at the front counter on the third floor of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, or at the Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Dr. SW. Donations will be accepted through the end of June.

The donated items will be forwarded to the family readiness groups for the Dragoon Raiders brigade who will place them in the soldiers’ barracks before they return. Residents can also learn how to donate directly to the brigade’s family fund by clicking here.

From the city’s press release:

While many of our returning soldiers will have families waiting for them, many are single. The City encourages the public to donate male and female toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant) as well as non-perishable snack foods, water, sports drinks, and laundry detergent/dryer sheet combos.

Lakewood is the unit’s “adopted” city under Lewis-McChord’s Community Connections program. The program started in 2000 and connects local cities with the major units based at Lewis-McChord.

Soldiers from the brigade already returned home and the entire brigade is due back by August.

For more information, call city spokesman Jeff Brewster at 253-983-7761.

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