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Group seeks coupons to help soldiers

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2008

As the holiday season kicks into high gear, there are enough food drives, clothing collections, empty bottle round-ups and causes to donate to it can make your head spin.

Photo By Dante Petri
Photo By Dante Petri
From left, Dolores Harrison, Sue Coup and Katty Rodgers, of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 20, cut out coupons to send to military families stationed overseas, during a meeting held Monday evening in Kenai.

Here's a simple one: the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 20 in Kenai is collecting national manufacturer's brand coupons to send to troops and their families living overseas.

The collection is part of a national operation organized by the American Legion Auxiliary. Sue Diaz, club manager at the Kenai post, is heading up the organization and distribution locally.

"The pay doesn't stretch that far, so we know any little bit will help," she said.

Troops and their families stationed at bases overseas don't receive the coupons that many find tucked into their newspaper's each week.

The clippings however, are good for the purchase of necessities anywhere, and that includes distant military operations.

Diaz has made donation simple. She set out a basket at the post where anyone can drop off the coupons, clipped or unclipped.

"We realized we can talk and cut at the same time," Diaz said, explaining that the auxiliary committee could multi-task during their meetings.

The coupons hold their value for an additional 6 months at the bases too.

Diaz started the collection at the beginning of the month. So far they've collected about 100 coupons. She said she's hoping for 1,000.

"We're trying to get it completed through the holidays because money is tight," She said. "I would love to finish by the end of year and start a new drive, that would be wonderful."

Diaz said she hopes to send bundles of coupons off to four or five bases, though she hasn't decided where yet.

Though she hopes some of the coupons may wind up in the hands of local families overseas, she said that isn't necessarily the intent.

"We're not targeting just local guys, we're targeting all our guys. As far as we're concerned a veteran is a veteran. They're just one of our guys or our girls," she said.

So far coupons have come from local club members, though Diaz hopes to see more support from the community, saying, "We would love to get the community into it, just drop them off - that'd be great."

The American Legion is located at 902 Cook St. in Kenai. For more information call 283-3222.

Coupons may be dorpped off at 902 Cook St. in Kenai. For more information call 283-3222.

Dante Petri can be reached at dante.petri@peninsulaclarion.com



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