November 25, 2014

AE students collecting items for Afghanistan care packages

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TWINING — Students at Arenac Eastern are asking for the community’s help to provide care packages for a National Guard Army Reserve unit in Afghanistan.

Teacher Mike Flore said the unit includes his son Robert Flore and another AE grad, Will Southworth. The current care package project — Operation 1460 — is similar to one AE students conducted in the past, Flore said.

“About six years ago we did similar through student council when we had troops in Iraq that we supported, because one of our custodians sons was over there,” he said.

Students have been donating items for the packages, but Flore said any help with donations would be appreciated.

“We’ve kind of gotten the ball rolling, but we’re also asking the general community to bring stuff in,” he said.

Community members can drop off care package items — non-perishable food items, eye drops and baby wipes — in Flore’s or Barb Hunter’s room, according to Flore. Hunter is the adviser of the AE Teen Institute, which will sort the packages and prepare to send them to the troops, Flore said.

The collection period will end March 10, Flore said. More information about what people can donate will be posted on the AE website, arenaceastern.org, he said. People can also donate money if they would prefer, Flore said.

“We’re in the process of putting a list up on our website showing what items we’d like people to donate,” he said. “Or people can donate and we’ll buy the items, or the money can go toward the postage.”

The National Guard unit in Afghanistan that will receive the package is the 1460th Transportation Company, Flore said.

“They are responsible for convoys that deliver all kinds of supplies — from medical, food, munitions, et cetera — or to go out and get things from other locations and bring them back into our base there in Afghanistan,” he said.

Flore said the Iraq care package project six years ago was a success, and with AE students once again deployed, it seemed like a good time to do the project again.

“We know how much the company in Iraq appreciated it, and obviously I’ve gotten a vested interest in doing it, but we’re doing it for the whole company,” he said. “That’s 60-plus men and women that we’re trying to collect items for.”

Donations can be dropped off at AE anytime during school hours, Flore said. For more information, contact the school at 989-867-4234.

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