PEPPERELL — The VFW Post 3291 military “care package” outreach in which residents, friends, and family members of Pepperell servicemen and women have been asked for names and addresses to which packages of hard-to-acquire, All American goodies can be sent is having good results.
Post Quartermaster Tony Saboliauskas said this week that $400 has been spent thus far to send four large packages overseas for Veterans Day– one to a Marine in Iraq, two to airmen in Iraq and one to a soldier in Afghanistan.
The packages contain highly popular “junk” food such as chips, salsa and jerky that previous recipients have reported are willingly passed amongst their comrades.
When the Pepperell outreach was reported in the Lowell Sun, Sabouliauskas said several names of Lowell service members were sent to Pepperell via e-mail. Since the outreach was intended for Pepperell residents only, it seemed logical to attempt to forward them to the Lowell VFW.
Lowell Post 662 Quartermaster Jim Golden was willing, but was concerned that given his organization’s recently concluded 100-package effort, nothing might be done with the names for some time.
“That wouldn’t be acceptable,” Golden said.
“No we can’t do that,” Saboliauskas agreed, and said he is working on a resolution.
Meanwhile, Saboliauskas said, students at Peter Fitzpatrick Elementary School are finishing up hand-made Christmas cards for the troops which will be delivered to the VFW for delivery overseas.
Pepperell respondents are asked to forward the names of Pepperell service members to Quartermaster, VFW Post 3291, P.O. Box 1339, Pepperell, MA, 01463.
The effort is ongoing, Saboliauskas said, however it is preferable that only the names of service members who have been “in country” for two months or more be submitted.
“The packages mean much more to them than to someone who may have been there only two or three weeks,” he said.