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American Legion Post 147 participates in Boots on the Ground, send 15 packages to military

MADAWASKA, Maine — The American Legion Auxiliary Post 147 in Madawaska made military care packages as part of the Boots on the Ground initiative created in 2014. The organization held a bean and weenie roast Nov. 16 to raise money to ship the care packages to the soldiers. 

The Boots on the Ground initiative was hatched in 2014 by Vista Volunteer Sierra Luban in an effort to get people “active, working, and volunteering on Make a Difference Day,” according to a press release sent by Bridget Daigle, public relations for American Legion Post 147. 

“The auxiliary units in Maine that participated in this would keep track of volunteer hours and turn them in at the end of the year,” she said. “Madawaska chose to send care packages out to our Maine National Guard forces.”

Daigle said that other units had a Halloween party for the community kids, or helped with wood for veterans all because of Boots on the Ground.

The Madawaska Unit 147 started collecting various items including toiletries, food, entertainment, and miscellaneous items such as socks, stationary and school supplies for care packages for the military, in October.

The Auxiliary held a meal to raise funds for sending out the care packages. Tickets were $8 for adults and $4 for kids under 12.

 “The outcome of the meal was enough money to send 15 boxes of supplies to our Maine National Guard before Christmas,” Daigle said.

She added that mailing 15 boxes weighed in at 175 pounds and cost $362.60. 

Girl Scout Troop 161 of Madawaska and Madawaska Elementary School participated in the collection of donations, and the students made cards to give to the veterans for special thanks.

“This project was able to be completed with these groups and donations from Madawaska,” she said. “We would like to give thanks to all for their help. There was a little bit of love in each box.”

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