Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Marine families need postage help to send their love

Dozens of care packages that should be on their way to Marines serving in Iraq are waiting to be shipped because the senders can’t afford the postage.

ABC-TV affiliate, WLOX of Biloxi, Miss., reports in an on-line article that the families of members of the 3rd Platoon, Company-A, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, recently packaged 79 boxes of candy, books and toiletries. Enough for every Marine to get one.

However, only 59 of the boxes were shipped. The other 20 stayed behind because the group couldn’t afford the postage.

"We just didn't realize how much stuff we'd have and what the cost would be until we actually weighed the boxes and packed them up," said Raylene Scarborough who has a son serving in Iraq with the unit.

Each box costs about $18 dollars to ship and the families are trying to raise another $500 to send the remaining boxes.

If you would like to help the Gulfport Marines Support Group get care packages to Iraq, you can send donations of cash or mint postage stamps ($1 or larger denominations are especially helpful) to:

Marine Corps League
Attn: Len Drozal
1800 Beach Drive, Rm 1522
Gulfport, MS 39507
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posted by Don Schilling at 8:03 AM