Story by Benjamin Kopriva, Nov. 14, 2017
The Pittsburgh Liberty Guardians Chapter continued its annual Care Package Drive this year. On November 8 and 9, 2017, members of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Military Outreach for Service (MOS) volunteered their time to collect donated goods to send to deployed service members worldwide.
Our goal for the Care Package Drive is to assist and send relief parcels to troops overseas who do not have the luxury of comfort items such as candy, snacks, beef jerky, games, books and certain toiletries.
This year also saw the first partnership between the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and MOS for this worthwhile cause. Members of WWP assisted by staffing the collection tables, filling out customs forms, packaging boxes and being friendly with everyone that stopped by to talk.
The Drive was a huge success this year! We received new addresses for troops overseas which were sent care packages that day. We received $1,193 in monetary donations. This represents the largest amount of donations we have received since the care package drive started in 2010! We shipped a total of 34 boxes, which cost $589.9 to ship totaling 303.6 pounds of goods shipped. We had many people assist this year by donating items the troops could use and also providing funds for shipping the items.
Since 2010, the Liberty Guardians have shipped 364 packages totaling 3,637.1 pounds of goods to Service personnel overseas.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to assist with the drive and to everyone who donated items and funds. Everyone’s assistance goes a long way with helping our men and women in uniform. A special thank you goes out to Regis Bodnar. Regis took on the role of care package drive coordinator this year for the first time and did a spectacular job! Also, a special thank you to all the Wounded Warrior Project Alumni and staff that donated their time to come and help!
Picture caption: Pictured left to Right: Ronald Radaker (Wounded Warrior Project alumni), James Reisinger (WWP Alumni), Toni Reisinger (WWP Family Support), Brace Feldbusch (WWP Coordinator), Charlene Feldbusch, Ben Kopriva (MOS Chapter President), Alex Capasso (MOS Chapter Treasurer) and Regis Bodnar (MOS Care Package Coordinator).