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Granby Legion post organizes care packages for active duty soldiers

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Grand County’s veterans want to do their part to “Support Our Troops” by sending them gifts this new year.

At its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12, American Legion Post 88 in Granby announced that it is starting a new project called “Operation Home Front.” Its purpose is to support those Armed Forces men and women from Grand County who are on active duty and serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflict areas around the world.

Post 88 members plan to prepare gift packages to be sent to these troops. The packages will contain candy, food items, and other things that might be difficult for service members to obtain in a combat zone.

Also in the gift packages, the Legionnaires hope to include letters written by local school children and community members who want to show their support for those serving aboard.

In order to do this, Legion Post 88 is asking for help in identifying Grand County residents who are actively serving in the Armed Forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflict areas. This includes regular Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps personnel as well as members of Reserve and National Guard units currently overseas in combat zones.

Family members and friends of those Grand County service members are asked to contact the Post 88’s “Operation Home Front” committee to provide it with information about the service member and how they can be contacted.

To do that, they should send an email message to committee member Mary Williams at or call her at 726-5673.

Also, anyone who would like to assist “Operation Home Front” with donations of funds or gift items are asked to contact Williams.

“Operation Home Front” is the latest project by American Legion Post 88. That local organization has already committed to making a $1,200 donation to “Operation Vacation” which provides three-day vacations to active-duty service members and their families.

In addition, the local veterans organization headquartered in Granby has recently made $250 contributions to both the local Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts organizations.

It is also making a $750 donation to fund a Grand County American Legion team for teenagers next summer.

All of these contribution are part of Post 88’s determination to revitalize itself and become a community service organization. It is inviting all veterans within Grand County to join and contribute to its efforts.

For more information about American Legion Post 88 in Granby, contact Vice Cmdr. Hanes Dawson at 887-3847 or the post’s membership chairman Steve Pechok at (970) 531-0624.