Everyone is invited to a packing party on Oct. 6

King City is extremely fortunate to have local resident Jennifer Fair leading Mission Mahalo, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing gifts from home to active military personnel on duty overseas

Mission Mahalo is made up of a group of volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to sending hygiene and comfort items to these men and women. The Army does not provide these basic supplies to troops, and those stationed in forward-operating bases do not have access to a PX to purchase them.

A variety of items are gathered, packed and mailed almost every month in King City, and many of the items are obtained through caring and giving merchants in and around the community or through purchases using coupons donated by community members.

Items such as personal hygiene products, socks, hand-warmers, knit hats to wear under helmets, playing cards, beef jerky and chocolate are some of the items sent to grateful troops.

Anyone can help by dropping off coupons that come in the mail or in newspapers so that items can be purchased as inexpensively as possible.

Even though a lot of time and effort is put into gathering the items, a big obstacle is raising the money needed to mail each box, which cost $13.45 each.

People can drop off checks made out to Mission Mahalo at the post office at McCann's Pharmacy and at HomeStreet Bank near Albertson's, or people can drop off coupons and checks at Jennifer Fair's home, 16685 S.W. King Charles Ave., King City,

On Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. volunteers will meet at the KCCA Clubhouse to pack hundreds of boxes to be shipped to service people in time for Christmas.

More information will be provided in the September Regal Courier.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Fair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-841-3418.

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