GORHAM — The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 82 is busy making plans to send holiday packages to our soldiers abroad.

In the past, ALA Unit 82 has requested assistance from the Berlin, Gorham, Randolph and Shelburne communities in obtaining enough supplies to fill these special boxes to brighten the holidays of soldiers far from home during this special time.

In previous years they were able to send an average 25 to 50 boxes overseas.

This year they have adopted the unit of one of their local servicemen and plans to send 45 boxes filled with “Holidays from New Hampshire” overseas. They are reaching out to the communities for help in collecting items for the boxes.

Items that would be appreciated are: candy canes, hot chocolate, packaged cookies (no home-baked items), pens and writing paper, razors, tube socks, hand warmers, feet warmers, puzzle books, small games, playing cards, life savers, power bars, granola bars, Slim Jims, beef jerky, dried fruit, mints, gum just to name a few items. Holiday cards and small decorations are always a surprise when opening the box. Notes of holiday wishes are also appreciated. They also are looking for assistance with the cost of shipping the boxes overseas.

The communities in northern New Hampshire have always come together as a community, always helping others. The due date for all these items is Nov. 22. Items can be dropped at collection sites located at American Legion Post 82 in Gorham, the Gorham Town Hall, the Shelburne Town Hall, the Randolph Town Hall and Vashaw’s Variety Store.

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