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Project Package has shortfall, needs assistance
by Steve Beavers
Sep 27, 2013 | 59 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Project Package is in need of help to let soldiers know someone cares.

The volunteer organization, which sends monthly care packages to each local Mid-South service member deployed in Afghanistan, is experiencing a shortfall when it comes to materials.

"We would appreciate any form of help," said MS Project Package Coordinator and Founder Rickey Pope. "The number one thing to do is tell family and friends about us and share our website with others."

In July, Mid-South Project Package and VFW Post 3962 partnered to keep the packages going for soldiers. In the partnership, Post 3962 became a drop place for items on the organization's wish list.

Project Package's goal is to end a package to every soldier each month.

"There are so many people who would like to show their appreciation and let our troops know we have not forgotten them, but they do not know what to do," said Pope.

Those wanting to drop items off to be included in a package can do so at Post 3962, C-Spire and Penn Majors State Farm. Post 3962 serves as a drop off point on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"This is our way of letting them know we have not forgotten them and how much we appreciate them," added Pope.

Currently the organization sends between 450 and 475 packages per month. Project Package relies strictly on donations for both materials and postage.

Individuals can also adopt a service member. Cost is $66 for half a year or $132 for a year would cover the postage. Each package contains items from $25-$30. Cost to mail one package is $12.

Project Package is a 501 (C) 3 charity, as defined by the I.R.S. Per by-law no one associated with Project Package receives any form of compensation.

A wish list of items needed can be found on the organization's website at

For more information call Pope 662-284-8108, Post Men's Auxiliary President Tom Chartres 662-284-0739 or VFW Post 3962 at 662-287-6106.
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