Operation shifts to Sherwood as more than 1,000 boxes have been mailed

by: BARBARA SHERMAN - SUPPORTING TROOPS - Busy putting the final touches on Mission Mahalo boxes to be mailed to overseas troops in time for Christmas at the Sherwood American Legion Argonne Post 56 on Nov. 30 are (clockwise from left) Tess Kies, Ken Sandquist, Jennifer Lamaye, Shirley Alexander and Georgia DeLozier.Jennifer Lamaye used her move from King City to Sherwood last year to establish new connections for Mission Mahalo, the non-profit she co-founded in 2011.

The organization, which now counts Sherwood American Legion Argonne Post 56 as one of its newest and biggest supporters, has now sent more than 1,000 boxes filled with hygiene products and other supplies plus treats to troops stationed overseas in forward-operating bases where they have nowhere to purchase such items.

Lamaye originally moved to King City in 2010 to become the caregiver for her parents, Tom and Leanna Fair, and was planning to move to Hawaii with them when she met and married a veteran, Al Lamaye of Sherwood, in March 2013.

Lamaye mailed 100 boxes in time for Christmas filled with the regular supplies that the troops appreciate as well as hundreds of pounds of donated Halloween candy.

Lamaye, who has now joined the Sherwood American Legion Auxiliary, brought the final boxes to the Sherwood Legion post on Nov. 30 to be topped off with candy and taped shut, noting that she had just mailed 32 boxes and was mailing 68 more that day.

The postage for the 100 boxes totaled about $1,500, and the Sherwood American Legion donated $1,000 with another $500 contributed by the Tualatin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3452.

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