The Family Readiness Group is sending Christmas care packages to the deployed National Guard soldiers in the 1128 Det-1 Forward Support Company. They are asking the community to donate money to ship packages and items to put inside them.
On Saturday, the group will be accepting those donations during their Chili and Homemade Chicken-n-Noodles fundraiser, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the armory, located at 860 E. Lexington Street in Richmond. Anyone may come to enjoy the meal for $5 per person. Proceeds will be applied to the Christmas Care Package Program.
While the desire to support local troops is high, the group’s checking account is low.
“It will cost $10.24 to mail each package and there are 32 soldiers in the unit,” said Konnie Clancy, Family Readiness group lead volunteer. “It’s going to cost $1,000 by the time we purchase items for the packages and send them.”
Clancy said donations of money and goods are needed.
“We can send food, personal hygiene items, crossword puzzles books, decks of card, magazines, puzzles – whatever would make the time there better for our unit.”
A drop box will be placed at the armory for donations. In order for the soldiers to receive their packages by Christmas, they must be mailed by Dec. 5, so Clancy is urging the public to respond quickly.
Clancy said there are currently only four volunteers, so more people are needed to help with gathering, sorting and packing the items, as well as seeking funding.
“We also need for the families of our soldiers to stay in touch with the Family Readiness Group,” said Clancy. “We’ve had a lack of communication in our area between our troops and our community.”
Clancy said she has been concerned that the lines of communication dwindled after the former National Guard liaison was deployed to Afghanistan. She hopes the fundraiser will help to reestablish the connection as they come together to make Christmas a happy one for the soldiers and their families.
If you have questions and/or would like to donate money or other items, please contact Konnie Clancy at 816-868-4977.