From: MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
During this season of giving, we need to remember that our greatest gift is that of freedom. I have launched the Stockings for Soldiers program, a joint effort with United for the Troops that will supply comfort packages to those serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces.
For a $15 donation, a care package will be sent to a soldier overseas on your behalf or that of a loved one of your choice. You will be given a card acknowledging the gift. Names will appear on a virtual wall highlighting the stockings that have been sold. You can view the virtual wall by clicking here.
United for the Troops was founded by Jim and Patty Rathschmidt of Mahopac with the help of friends and families whose sons and daughters are serving overseas. Its sole purpose is to make life while away from home a little better for these brave men and women. Some of the items include cookies, DVDs, CDs, snacks, t-shirts, and other food items. Following numerous conversations with service men and women, the group found out that the military provides soldiers with the essentials for day- to-day life and many of them miss the extra amenities that they enjoy while at home. United for the Troops’ goal is to show them that we are proud of them and appreciate all of their efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of the world.
Payment for the stocking cards must be sent or brought to:
County Executive’s Office
40 Gleneida Ave.
Carmel, NY 10512
Terry can be reached at 845-808-1000 extension 49201 with any questions.