Valley sends ton of gifts to troops |

Valley sends ton of gifts to troops

by Jonni Hill

More than a ton of gifts and goodies are on their way overseas after being shipped from Gardnerville last week.

In all, 97 boxes containing an estimated value of $30,000 of specialty items including toiletries, clean socks, food items such as cookies, candies, crackers and jerky, cards, note paper and games were shipped from the Gardnerville Post Office to various destinations, hospitals and hot spots in the Middle East.

Brandi Gibson, advertising coordinator at The Record-Courier, spearheaded Carson Valley Cares to send the material overseas.

Gibson called the project a huge success thanks to the incredible generosity of the Carson Valley community which includes neighboring Alpine and Mono Counties.

One box was designated entirely for the K-9 unit. Doggie snacks, toys and comfort items are now on their way to four-legged troops on the front lines.

Publisher Janet Geary said she was overwhelmed by the tremendous show of support for the Carson Valley Cares project.

“It was a massive effort by everyone,” Geary said, “We can see why the Carson Valley is such a wonderful place to live.”

“There are so many to thank for the success of project,” Geary continued. “Kudos go to Brandi for the concept of the project in the first place and then seeing it through to the very end. To Tony King for being there to pick up and deliver all the boxes and along with them, a special thank you to Barbara Gerber, Joe Price and Dennis Geary who made the delivery to the post office and then stood there in the cold to fill out 97 declaration statements which were needed on each box for overseas shipping.”

The shipping cost were another hurdle as the amount was higher than expected. The total shipping costs came to $2,500 which was funded in part by monetary donations and the balance by The Record-Courier.

“A very special recognition needs to go the VFW Post 8583 and Auxiliary for their very generous donation of money to help with the shipping costs,” said Geary.

Postal officials said they would do everything they could to get the items to the troops by Christmas.