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Businesswomen collect Socks for Soldiers

From left, La-De-Biz members Laurie Audette of Audette Interior Designs, Toni Wiegland of Prepaid Legal Services, Jyl Westbrook of SparkleSpeak, Erin Pauley of Prepaid Legal Services, Cindy Chaves of Mary Kay and Joyce Shawyer show off some of the socks, foot powder and baby wipes they and their fellow La-D-Biz members collected for military members in Iraq. -
From left, La-De-Biz members Laurie Audette of Audette Interior Designs, Toni Wiegland of Prepaid Legal Services, Jyl Westbrook of SparkleSpeak, Erin Pauley of Prepaid Legal Services, Cindy Chaves of Mary Kay and Joyce Shawyer show off some of the socks, foot powder and baby wipes they and their fellow La-D-Biz members collected for military members in Iraq.
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ARLINGTON A clean change of socks might not sound like a luxury in America, but for military members serving overseas, its literally a Christmas gift wish.
Businesswomen from Marysville and Arlington down to Seattle brought bags of socks, foot powder and baby wipes to send to service members in Iraq, as part of the La-De-Biz Socks for Soldiers campaign.
Jyl Westbrook, of the La-De-Biz networking group for women in business, was inspired to start collecting Socks for Soldiers by her brother-in-law, Victor Miller, whos currently serving his third tour in Iraq.
When I asked if there was anything he wanted from here, I expected him to say chocolate chip cookies, Westbrook said. He told me that what most Marines need most are simply tube socks, baby wipes and foot powder. It broke my heart to hear, because it made me realize how awful things must be for them there. I know one gal whose son came back from there and his feet were a mess. Between the heat and their boots, it really messes them up.
The La-De-Biz meeting at Under the Red Umbrella in Everett Oct. 18 yielded dozens of boxes of baby wipes, containers of foot powder and pairs of tube socks, along with financial donations to cover the cost of postage, but Westbrook intends to continue collecting Socks for Soldiers.
La-De-Biz member Laura Fletcher, of Keller Williams in Marysville, sympathizes with service members due to the number of military members in her own family.
My dad and my brother both served, said Fletcher, who contributed some socks. Ive always had a soft spot for the ones who protect us. I dont think you can spoil those who are serving in Iraq, so if all they want is socks, we should give them what they want. I hope everybody can find somebody over there to support personally, since a lot of them dont have anyone over here.
Fellow Marysville resident Renae James, of Hometown Values, donated toward the postage and knows from firsthand experience how hard it can be to serve overseas.
I was in the Army for seven years, James said. I met my husband when we were both stationed in Europe. My husbands nephew is in Iraq now. Any little thing we can do, all of it adds up. I appreciate all the service members do, and the sacrifices they and their families make.
Westbrook is still accepting donations, and may be reached via e-mail at fishwash@tgi.net.

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