Saturday, December 12, 2009

Menallen Cards for Soldiers

Third graders at Menallen Elementary recently sent Christmas cards and letters to cheer veterans in military hospitals.

Third grade teacher Linda Bozick collects students' letters to mail.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Collection Opportunity for Soldiers

At a recent Rep Council meeting the suggestion to send packages to troops serving overseas arose. I have the perfect opportunity for anybody who's interested.

My cousin, Mike Rega, is serving with the 303rd Psychological Operations Company out of Pittsburgh. His unit is stationed at FOB Warrior, in the city of Kirkuk, in Northern Iraq. Their mission is to bridge the gap between locals and military personnel. They interact with people, trying to get a sense of what's going on in the community and trying to get a feel for changes of local sentiment. They also spend a lot of time in schools educating children about the hazards they face on a daily basis--land mines, roadside bombs and IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices).

If anybody's interested in contributing, I'm collecting non-perishable, non-meltable items to send to him and his unit for Christmas. Beef jerky (no pork products) and cans of Chef Boyardee were requested directly, cans of nuts, Pringles, etc(No glass, please. It's permitted but too much of a hassle to send), candy, especially licorice, granola bars, cereal bars. He also requested over the counter cold medication and sleep aids, but I understand that some folks may not feel totally comfortable purchasing and shipping some of those items, so feel free to include cough drops with vitamin C, etc.

This collection isn't affiliated with any organizations, it's just something I wanted to do to help my boy out. Items can be delivered to 332 at the high school. If you donate, please write a small note so the guys know this was a community effort. I'd like them to know how many people contributed. Also, I'll take care of packaging and shipping items, so if anybody would like to donate a small cash donation for that part of it, it'd be greatly appreciated. I'd like to send it out by the week of December 16, so it arrives (hopefully) between Christmas and New Year's.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Ben Franklin students collected supplies for US troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan during the month of October. Over 900 items were collected. Mrs. Miller's 7th grade homeroom collected the most with 303 items. All supplies will be sent to troops by way of the Uniontown War and Veterans Committee.