LOCK HAVEN - The first major deployment of U.S. service members from central Pennsylvania this year is about to get underway, and Downtown Lock Haven Inc. is teaming up with the Clinton County Veterans Affairs Office to make soldiers' one-year stay in Kuwait more comfortable.
About 1,500 soldiers from this area of central Pennsylvania to Scranton, including about 150 from the National Guard Armory in Lockport, are finishing their training before heading to Kuwait in October.
Downtown Lock Haven Inc. will have drop-off points in many locations in the city for the public to donate items, including snacks and personal hygiene products, to send to the soldiers while in Kuwait, during "Support Our Soldier."
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Helping to lead an effort to collect donations for troops serving overseas are, from left, members of the Pennsylvania National Guard based in Lockport, Josh Welty and Joe Serafini; Eric Ditty of the Clinton County Veterans Affairs Office; Downtown Lock Haven Manager Dawn Snyder; Downtown Lock Haven intern Asha Marchaman; and National Guard members Andrew Shultz and Shawn Meredith. The soldiers were in the Downtown Lock Haven office Thursday to help kick off efforts to collect snacks and hygiene products to send to troops during their one-year deployment to Afghanistan. The service members also gave officials items like a plaque, shirts and other items to show their appreciation.
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