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Valentine Cookie Drive for troops and canine heroes continues

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For the third consecutive year, VFW Post #2511 will host the annual Bomber Girls, LRC Cookie Drive for our troops and canine heroes overseas. Those interested in donating to this event are asked to bring homemade cookies, Valentines, individually pre-packaged dog treats and dog toys to the post by no later than 5 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014.

VFW Post #2511 is at 1290 Wagner Rd., in Porter, Ind. All donations are scheduled to arrive to our troops by Valentineís Day, February 14, 2014.

Early donations will be accepted at the post. Please include your name and address when dropping off donations. Personal information will be kept confidential.

Cookies should be placed by the dozen in Ziploc bags with one piece of white bread included in the bag to keep the cookies fresh during shipping. All bags should be labeled with the type of cookies and the quantity of cookies contained within each bag. Dog treats should arrive in their individually pre-packaged bags. Please keep in mind that canine heroes are large dogs. Valentines and dog toys can be packaged in bulk.

Monetary aid also needed

Donít have time to bake? Donít worry, monetary donations, cash or check, are being accepted to help defer the cost of shipping and to support future drives and events. Checks should be made out to: Bomber Girls, LRC. For purposes of accounting, please be certain to include the word ďIndianaĒ in the memo portion of your check. The Bomber Girls, LRC are a 501(c)3 registered non-profit and therefore, all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. When cookie donations exceed the amount of recipients on our lists, those overages are distributed to wounded warriors, VFWs, American Legions, Army Hospitals, bases, departing troops and other service related facilities and events.

Bomber Girls

The Bomber Girls are an all female motorcycle organization founded in Savannah, Georgia, in 2007. These women, the Porter VFW and their associates here in NW Indiana and surrounding areas, are proudly dedicated to supporting military personnel and their families. The Bomber Girls do this through the shipment of various care packages to service members overseas. To the Bomber Girls, patriotism isnít just July 4th and Veteranís Day. Patriotism is welcoming home and sending off deployed soldiers, writing to those soldiers, and sending them pieces of home through care packages. This cookie drive helps to support just one of the many drives and events the Bomber Girls conduct throughout the year. Since itís inception by the Bomber Girls, the theme for this particularly popular cookie drive has been ďSend The Troops Some Loviní From Our Ovens.Ē

Over the years, the Indiana portion of this cookie drive and that of the base Savannah drive have grown exponentially. In itís first year, friends, family and various organizations in and around Northwest Indiana shipped 1,069 dozen cookies. Last yearís Indiana contribution was 1,900 dozen cookies along with thousands of handmade Valentines from children, dog treats, toys, leashes and collars (note: leashes and collars are no longer accepted).

The connection between the Bomber Girls, LRC and VFW Post #2511 came about through the VFW Postís Ladyís Auxiliary Chaplain who maintains long-standing friendships with not only the Bomber Girls, LRC President but, several of itís members. Through discussion of the Chaplainís long-distance personal contributions to the cookie drives in the past, and more recent localized efforts, the Porter VFW opened their post to this benevolent organization and the efforts of both organizations was combined.

So come on out, with cookies in hand! Our troops are important to us, so help support them and their families.

For further information regarding the event or donations, please contact Brenda at (219) 242-0911.

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Posted 1/3/2014