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Veterans put together Christmas food boxes

Packages are planned to be distributed to various families

KINGWOOD — Members of Vietnam Veterans Chapter 977 of Reedsville met Saturday morning at Save-A-Lot in Kingwood to put together 25 Christmas food boxes.

Veteran Chuck Miller said the food boxes will be distributed throughout the county to veterans or veteran-associated family members.

“Every packer packs for people they know, and then delivers them,” he said.

Veteran Jim Savage said Chapter 977 has been distributing the annual Christmas food boxes to veterans since 2006.

He said some of the items included in the boxes are ham, canned chicken, canned beef, hot dogs, pork and beans, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, bread, potatoes, rice, six different types of canned vegetables and canned fruit.

Miller said the boxes contain enough food for four meals.

He said money for the project comes from fundraisers held by the chapter, the annual Route

50 yard sale, and donations from businesses and the public.

“This year Breakaway Trucking, located on Woolen Mill Road in Albright, donated $500,” Veteran Bill Benson said.

Savage said Chapter 977 also donated $200 to the Kingwood Police Department’s Shop With A Cop program. He said The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxillary in Tunnelton also donated $500 to the program.

Chapter 977 meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Donations can be made by sending a check to Vietnam Veterans Chapter 977, P. O. Box 803, Masontown, WV 26542.

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