On Sunday, August 29, 2010, Dick Moody, of Danvers, spoke to the Beverly Republican City Committee at their monthly meeting about Operation: Troop Support. Retired Colonel Moody explained how important it is to keep Care Packages going overseas to our men and women in uniform. These small items will make daily life a little easier in Iraq and Afghanistan and give our soldiers an important psychological lift from fellow Americans. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, Richard Jolitz, candidate for State Senate in the 2nd Essex district, immediately enlisted the help of the BRCC and its Cabot Street Campaign Headquarters to accept donations and host an event with Operation Troop Support.
â€œAs a former member of the Army Reserve, I know the importance of mail to the troops who are sent overseas from my talks with members of the guard and reserve, and their families. The troops rely on those small packages, as well as letters and cards, to keep their morale high as they face incredible hardships living and fighting in such harsh climates, â€œ Jolitz said.
During this election season discussions about how we need to make changes to our state government seem to overshadow the reality that we have sent our neighbors and friends, sons and daughters, off with Guard and Reserve units from Massachusetts and neighboring states.
â€œI was fortunate that I never had to leave my family to serve in a foreign land, â€œ Jolitz added, â€œbut I remember the stories about Vietnam told by men I served with. I also talked to a couple members of my former unit after they returned from one deployment to Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War. Reminders of home kept them going.â€
Mr. Moody said that items they need include personal hygiene products, disposable cameras, note papers, blankets, pillows, underwear, and coffee / tea with creamer and sugars. And socks are especially prized by our troops, so each package sent at Christmas time includes one pair.
Andrew Channell, Chairman of the Beverly Republican City Committee, added, “Anyone with friends or family serving in uniform should know about Operation Troop Support. They don’t talk about supporting our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. They make it happen.”
People are asked to drop off donations at 194 Cabot Street in Beverly, directly across from City Hall, immediately from 11am to 2pm and 5:30pm to 8pm weekdays and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
The Beverly Republican City Committee is hosting a â€œWrap a Gift For A Soldierâ€ event on Saturday, October 9th, in preparation of â€œOperation Troop Supportâ€ shipping thousands of wrapped gifts for Christmas. Everything needed will be provided; they only ask people who want to help wrap show up to help between 9am and noon.