Wanted: Volunteers to pack boxes for overseas troops
Mission Mahalo sets huge Oct. 6 packing party
Mission Mahalo, a non-profit organization started by Jennifer Fair in King City exactly two years ago, continues to send boxes full of toiletries and comfort items to troops overseas.
Jennifer has become an "extreme couponer" thanks to many people donating coupons so she can cheaply fill boxes with shampoo, deodorant, detergent and other items that troops on the front lines can't purchase. However, her biggest expense is the $13.45 postage for each box she sends, which is why cash donations are always needed.
Periodically, Jennifer hosts small-scale "packing parties" at her home, when volunteers pack a few dozen boxes; a year ago, Mission Mahalo hosted a giant packing party at the King City Clubhouse that filled 230 boxes.
The parties have been so successful that Jennifer, who started the non-profit under the name Operation Christmas Glory with her friend Renee Atkins, has scheduled the second annual packing party on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the King City Clubhouse.
"We will fill the King City Clubhouse with cheer and assemble hundreds of care packages to send to our deployed troops overseas," Jennifer said. "We are excited to be partnering with several organizations in supporting our troops during this event. President of the Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America, Jeff DeLeon, will be attending."
Volunteers are asked to sign up for a two-hour shift, starting at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon or 2 p.m.
"If people are interested in becoming a trained expert packer, contact me to sign up," Jennifer said. "Volunteers are always needed.
"If your schools or churches would like to hold a collection drive, food, hygiene and holiday items would be greatly appreciated by our troops deployed overseas."
Checks made out to Mission Mahalo to cover shipping costs may be dropped off at McCann's Pharmacy in King City or HomeStreet Bank in the Albertson's shopping center.