Local Seniors Wrap Gifts for Troops Overseas

The holidays are weeks away but the residents of La Costa Glen in Carlsbad are working against the clock to get nearly 6,000 Christmas and Hanukkah gifts to troops in Afghanistan in time for the festivities.

More than 200 residents of La Costa Glen's continuing care retirement community in Carlsbad recently wrapped gifts including pre-paid phone cards, DVD movies, cologne, travel kits, cosmetic kits, flashlights, books, hand creams and lotions, and CDs for troops serving in Afghanistan.

Each gift also included a personal letter addressed to “Warrior Hero” from a La Costa Glen resident thanking them for their service.

The gifts are being packed into boxes stuffed with Christmas stockings and strings of holiday lights to be shipped in early November.

The holiday gift-wrapping event is part of the community’s Care Packages From Home program. Founded by La Costa Glen resident Les Tenney, a POW held in captivity in the Philippines during World War II and a survivor of the Bataan Death March, Care Packages From Home is now in its fifth year.

With this latest holiday effort, more than 14,000 boxes have been shipped to men and women serving in the Middle East. Resident Sheila Griffin organized this year's gift-wrapping event.

For more information on the program or to request a care package for a service member in a combat zone visit: carepackagesfromhome.org/request.html


EJW III November 09, 2012 at 07:31 PM
The below says it all. Sorry if offended, but no denying the truth. ANY problem can be fixed in 4 years, assuming want to fix rather than add to the problem. The losers: our children. “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship”. Author/date unknown “The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their President.” Prague news article/after 2008 presidential elections.
EJW III November 09, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Two cheers for the La Costa Glen residents. Very worthwhile! Must be quite a senior community if have residents like these residents.


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