Mission Mahalo ships off boxes of toiletries and treats to overseas troops
Fifty-four boxes were packed and shipped to Afghanistan on May 31, which arrived in time for Fourth of July
Jennifer Lamaye, who co-founded Mission Mahalo in 2011 to send boxes of toiletries and treats to U.S. troops stationed overseas, just had a baby - son Jordan - with her husband Al on March 4 but quickly resumed sending off more boxes.
On May 31, a packing party was held at the King City Clubhouse, where several veteran packers along with members of Girl Scout Troop 41837 in Tigard packed 54 boxes filled with hygiene items, Girl Scout cookies and Fourth of July decorations, which were shipped off that day.
When Girl Scouts were selling cookies earlier this year, many people purchased boxes not to take home but to be sent to overseas troops, where the cookies are a favorite with the soldiers.
"The King City Lions Club donated $500 to cover the cost of shipping," Lamaye said. "The Men's Auxiliary of the Tualatin VFW had also presented a $500 check to Mission Mahalo at their annual Memorial Day event at Winona Cemetery. The cost to ship each care package is $15.45, using the large flat-rate USPS boxes."
And that is only the beginning, as Lamaye added, "I just read that nearly 1,100 troops from Oregon will be deployed in the next couple months - way more than I had originally anticipated.
"Our goal this Christmas is to ship a care package to every soldier deployed from Oregon, and we encourage the community to help us reach this goal by getting involved. Multiple packing parties can be arranged and hosted by businesses and community groups, and donations of supplies or the sponsoring of postage will help us reach this goal."
Lamaye became an avid coupon clipper when she started Mission Mahalo, filling boxes with items for pennies on the dollar, and she pointed out that others can do the same and not have to pay full price for items they want to donate.