Written by Jane Lawrence Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
American service members stationed in Afghanistan will soon be receiving packages filled with DVD’s, paperback books, hygiene items, snack food, sports caps and various other treats all due to the efforts of the Glen Cove Public Library’s participation in the Any Soldier Volunteer Program, the many members of the community who continually drop off items for the soldiers and the youthful volunteers who gather to package everything up and ship everything out.
Among the volunteers who participated in the program on Saturday April 27 were members of Glen Cove High School’s DECA Club, several middle school students and Glen Cove’s Girl Scout Troop 6.
“DECA participates in this all the time,” said club historian Nicole D’Ambrosio. But for Troop 6, this was a new experience. “We have been talking with the Troop about this project and the scouts are very excited to be doing something for the soldiers,” said Troop Leader Rita Vieyra.
The students and scouts all wrote letters to the soldiers thanking them for their service and the littlest of the scouts drew cheery pictures. The student volunteers packed up 10 large boxes full of surprises for our troops and proudly carried them to the Post Office for mailing.
Since December 2006, the library has been collecting and mailing these gift packages to the troops under the direction of Anna Dunlop, Youth Services Librarian.
“We are very grateful to the students for volunteering their time to help and for being enthusiastic about letting the soldiers know we are thinking about them by sending these good wishes and donations,” said Dunlop.
There is a box in the library where residents can drop off donations. The next mailing will be held on Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m. For further information, contact Anna Dunlop at 676-2130 or visit www.glencovelibrary.org.