Carson Valley Cares packs up for troops |

Carson Valley Cares packs up for troops

by Jonni Hill

More than 60 large boxes were packed to capacity with personal necessities, games, snacks and miscellaneous treasures to be shipped to the troops fighting in Iraq.

Carson Valley Cares, a project inspired by Brandi Gibson from The Record-Courier, collected items to be sent to the troops serving overseas, was a huge success. Thousands of notes and cards from schools and churches as well as individuals who just wanted to tell the troops how much care and appreciation is felt were included.

Residents of Douglas, Alpine and Mono counties donated to the collection barrels.

“It was overwhelming to see the response we had from our community,” said The Record-Courier Publisher Janet Geary.

Gibson was very grateful to the community for the participation in the project.

“When the troops first went to Iraq we all did so much to show our support” Gibson said. “Now that the war has continued, we need to remember our service people are still fighting in Iraq and away from family and friends during the holiday. We need to let our troops know we still think about them and what they are doing for us over there.

“It is also important to say thank you to all the people who participated in this Christmas project,” Gibson said. “Without all the support, none of this would have been possible.”

Wal-Mart Super Center, Johnson Lane General Store, Carson Valley Market, Northwest Martial Arts, PJ’s Liquor, Topaz Lodge and Casino, Holbrook Junction Mini-Mart and The Record-Courier were all collection points for the donations. Each one was vital to the success of the project by placing the barrels in prominent places and by monitoring the collection process.

Collections stopped on Tuesday to allow time for the packing and shipping to the troops.

The task of sorting all the items for the 60 boxes was done by a group of young women who volunteered their time to help prepare all the donations for shipping. Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School students Kelse Woodrow, Danielle Monk, Anna Chiapelli, Jocelyn Brocklage, Lindsay McKay and Lauren Hoppe; Northwest Martial Arts Tae Kwan Do students Arlena Zimmerman, Janna Turadek, Haley Goff, and 4-H member Sarah Owens all joined forces to prepare the boxes for shipping.

The Blue Star Mothers worked hours collecting more than 1,500 notes of encouragement to help boost the morale of the troops. Children from the Calvary Chapel added their well wishes with individually designed cards. All of these were included in the boxes which are due to ship out early next week in time to reach Iraq for the holidays.