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American Legion Post 202 is sponsoring Valentines for Troops, and seeking participants of all ages.

Since January 2006, Newtown has been reaching out to active duty military both overseas and at home. What began as a letter writing exercise in educator Carole MacInnes’s second grade class at Sandy Hook Elementary School has grown as an outreach, townwide. Schools, clubs, Scout troops, town groups, churches, and individuals write cards and letters to the military, sending a message of cheer and thanks. Some groups send care packages, too.

This year, Valentines will go to the Connecticut National Guard, the Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force, Navy, and the Army. Some units are overseas, and some are stateside. Everyone on the list would appreciate a card, note, or a small gesture of thanks.

Since COVID began, there is not one person who has not been impacted in one way or another. So, too, it is with those in the military. It is particularly stressful on the young troops, some of whom are away from home for the very first time. Navy ships at sea are not making ports of call and sailors are quarantined to their ship for many months. Troops at home are sometimes quarantined to their post or base or even their unit barracks or work area. Imagine not being able to run out to Big Y, Dunkin Donuts, Target, CVS, or Costco.

Many of the military contacts this year are Newtown sons and daughters. Some are Connecticut neighbors and friends. Each and every one of them is giving their all to support and defend this nation and appreciates thanks and gratitude.

To participate sending cards/letters or care packages to the active duty military, reach out to Senior Vice Commander Donna A Monteleone at americanlegionnewtown@gmail.com.

Any veteran who has served honorably on active duty, regardless of era, is eligible to join American Legion Post 202. Family members of veterans might like to join the Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion.

To donate to help American Legion Post 202 with its outreach, send a check to American Legion Post 202, PO Box 659, Newtown CT 06470.

For more information e-mail the address above or call 203-577-9568.

Anyone wishing to can send a card, letter, or care package to troops as part of the American Legion Post 202 Valentines For Troops 2021 project. —photos courtesy Donna Monteleone
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