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Senator Wielechowski Kicks Off Care Package Drive for Deployed Alaska Guard Members

ANCHORAGE -- Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-East Anchorage) kicked off a care package drive this week for members of the Alaska Air National Guard currently serving in Afghanistan. Businesses or community members who would like to donate items can call (907) 269-0120 to participate. All donations are welcome; the deployed men and women particularly need q-tips, bug spray, suntan lotion, beef jerky, salmon jerky, magazines, popcorn and other small items.

Four businesses are already pitching in.  Senator Wielechowski says he hopes this will become a statewide effort to show appreciation for Alaskans serving abroad.

“I would like to thank Alaska Magazine, Starbucks, Walgreens, and Fish and Hunt Alaska Magazine for their generous donations for these care packages,” said Senator Wielechowski.  “They’ve gone the extra mile to show their support for these Alaskans who are defending our freedom and keeping us safe. I hope more businesses will participate in this effort to show our appreciation.”

Senator Wielechowski is also encouraging the public to write letters of appreciation to these Guard members, who are required to leave their families for long periods of time and serve in often dangerous situations.

“This drive is a great way for everyone in our community to say thanks and make these deployments a little bit easier on these brave Alaskan men and women,” said Senator Wielechowski.  “Care packages and letters like these can help lift morale and mean the world to National Guard members who struggle with being away from their loved ones.”

Senator Wielechowski’s office will also forward notes and letters of appreciation to our deployed men and women. Anyone who would like to send one can mail it to:

National Guard Care Package Drive

c/o Senator Bill Wielechowski

716 W 4th Ave Ste 540

Anchorage, AK 99501

Supporters can also e-mail Senator Wielechowski at Senator_Bill_Wielechowski@legis.state.ak.us.  All messages so received will be printed and included with the written letters when they are sent with the care packages later this month.

For more information regarding the drive, contact Sen. Bill Wielechowski at (907) 269-0120.

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