OSWEGO COUNTY, NY – Oswego County has joined the effort to bringing support and encouragement for soldiers overseas.
Donna Scanlon, program coordinator for Community Development Programs in Oswego County, explained during the recent Legislative session that the county has officially ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œadoptedÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â a platoon.
According to Scanlon, the countyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s support is being directed to an Army platoon out of Kansas City. The group is made up of 31 soldiers who were deployed to Afghanistan in April 2007. The platoon is expected to return to the states May 1, 2009.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOnce a month, we are sending packages,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Scanlon said. A package is being put together now so it makes it to the troop in time for the holidays.
Scanlon also encouraged people around the county to write letters of encouragement to the soldiers.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe want to show them that weÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re supportive; that we care,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â she said.
Cans have been placed in county offices to offset the costs of shipping the care packages. Scanlon noted that each county building also has a designated building representative for the drive.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort is a volunteer based, non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving deployed United States service men and women, ensuring that they are not forgotten by a grateful nation,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â according to the AdoptaPlatoon Web site. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAdoptaPlatoon strives to provide a better deployment quality of life, lifting morale for deployed troops and assisting military families.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Anyone interested in making donations or getting involved in the effort to contact Scanlon at 349-8292.