Group sends packages to Iraq

Michael Tortorich
Baton Rouge HOG Chapter members pose around a flag during a recent meeting. The group has sent more than 1,000 care packages to service members in Iraq.

A local group recently sent more than 1,000 care packages to Americans serving their country in Iraq.

The mission of sending packages out has been going strong since 2008, Terresa Stafford of St. Amant said.

Stafford and members of the Baton Rouge area HOG Chapter have taken pride in their contributions to service members.

The squadron that received the gifts was so excited that they flew an American flag on an F16 in the group’s honor.

Sgt. David Odom, who returned home during the holidays, received a reception from the group.

During the meeting, he presented the flag to the group. It was framed with the pilot’s name and date. The commander of the 332nd Squadron sent the group a certificate and letter of appreciation for their gift.

Sgt. Odom’s wife made a video of the presentation and the reception, which the group was able to view during a recent meeting.

Earlier this month, the group shipped out more care packages. After each meeting, they pack up a variety of items and prepare the packages for shipment.

The HOG Chapter sends out packages quarterly.

Many around the area have supported the group’s mission by contributing items.

The Citizen donated 200 copies of the Super Bowl special section recently published.

Stafford said the service members have written to the group expressing their appreciation for the gifts. They enjoy being able to keep up with the news from home, she said.

The group currently sends packages to service members from all over the United States. They would like to make sure service members from the area are also included. They ask that anyone who knows of specific service members from the area to contact them with their information.

Items can be dropped off at Harley Davidson of Baton Rouge on Siegen Lane, labeled: Christy Smith, BR HOG Chapter.

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