‘Operation Desert Comfort’ collects for troops

ARLINGTON — The Arlington American Legion Post 76 family will be collecting non-perishable food and snacks, as well as hygiene and other personal items, at Legion Park in downtown Arlington, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, for American troops serving in Afghanistan.

Those who don’t want to wait can drop off their donations, not only at Arlington American Legion Post 76 at 115 N. Olympic Ave., but also at Britt Sport Cards at 332 N. Olympic Ave.

“I served in our armed forces during peacetime, so I can’t compare my service to the sacrifices our soldiers make every day by serving in war zones,” said Mike Britt, owner of Britt Sport Cards. “What I do know is that simple gifts reconnected me with home, while I was separated from my family and friends. Can you imagine the relief these gifts provide to our young men and women who are at war?”

Among the requested items are disposable razors, travel-size shampoo, mouthwash, toothbrushes, floss, chips, cookies, cup-of-noodles soup, Pop Tarts, sardines, crackers, instant oatmeal, gum, Tabasco Hot Sauce and baby wipes. Do not include chocolate, as it will melt.

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