The Bowling Green VFW Post #5553 and Ladies Auxiliary do more than their fair share to aid those currently serving, along with their families here at home. When local soldiers can’t be home for the holidays, the fine women of the auxiliary do what they can to send some holiday cheer abroad.
Twice each year, the ladies gather together at the VFW Hall on the north side of Bowling Green to compile care packages, which are then sent to the men and women currently serving.
Although each conflict sees its share of controversy and opposition in the States, these ladies are unwavering in their support of the troops. Time and time again they prove they’ll do what it takes to help the soldiers.
“We support the troops, period,” said Auxiliary president Chris Page.
Each year at Easter and Christmas, these volunteers collect the names and addresses of local soldiers. They take stock pile treats, personal hygiene products, games, and other necessities to send to these fighting men and women.
“It’s just like an assembly line,” noted Deanie Ebers.
In the past, the group has had to spend more than $300 on postage alone, said member Deanie Ebers. Although the price is high, it doesn’t make the ladies falter. They attack the process, determined to put a smile on a soldier’s face.
This year the group was only given the names of six servicemen. As a result, each of them will be receiving several packages to share with their troop.
These ladies are one in a million, handwriting labels and content lists, stuffing each box to the brim, and doing it all with a smile and laugh.
Please contact the Ladies Auxiliary or VFW if you’d like to submit a friend or relative’s information for the program.
As Peggy Schumacher and Chris Page write labels, Dorothy Brown, Diane Miller, Jeanne Mettler, Rowena Grigsby, and Deanie Ebers fill boxes in the background.