Civitans sending care packages to US soldiers
Members of the Pell City Civitan Club helped fill 85 care boxes to send to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Pictured, from left, is Lance Latham, chief of staff for the Alabama House of Representatives Office of the Minority leader, David Mumblo, Commander of the state AMVETS organization, and Melissa Thomas, the Commander for the AMVETS Post 25, with Pell City Civitan Club members. On the far right with the Civitans is Rep. Rod Scott, D-Fairfield.

PELL CITY – One local organization is making sure area children and soldiers overseas have a merry Christmas.

The Pell City Civitan Club is participating in a statewide program to help support and boost the morale of troops overseas with care boxes made up especially for the men and women in the Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan.

“It’s an ongoing program,” said David Mumblo, the state commander for the AMVETS. “It’s not just for the holidays.”

Carolyn Carroll, secretary for the club, said the 21 members of the club volunteered to fill a certain number of boxes for the troops. Various local businesses donated money and gifts for the boxes.

In all, Carroll said, the club was able to fill about 85 care boxes for soldiers.

The boxes contained personal items, like snacks, cookies, books and other home items.

“We try to send them to the Chaplin of the units,” Mumblo said. “They know who the boxes should go to.”

At the Civitan Club meeting Wednesday, Rep. Rod Scott, D-Fairfield, presented a $500 check from the House Democratic Caucus, to help pay for the postage for the care boxes.

The Civitan Club is also continuing its efforts to raise money and collect new toys for its Toys for Children program.

Club members were going to start buying new toys Thursday with money that has already been donated to the program.

“We appreciate the community support,” said Charlotte Arnold, president of the Pell City Civitan Club.

She said the Pell City Civitan Club is still seeking donations and new toys for the program, which provides Christmas for local families in need.

Arnold said Nancy Crowe, with the Pell City Parks and Recreation Department, is still accepting applications for needy families at the Pell City Civic Center. The application deadline is Dec. 1.

She said families would pick up their children’s toys on Dec. 17 at the Civic Center.

“We need more toys,” Arnold said.

She said there is a special car show this Saturday at Pell City Lakeside Park, and all proceeds from the show will go to the Civitan’s Toy for Children program.

The car show will start at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

All vehicles are welcome and show car fees are $20, while vendor spaces are available for $40.

For more information about the car show, call Greg White at 205-753-3036.

If you would like to donate to the Toys for Children program or would like more information about the program, contact Arnold at 205-338-8863.

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