Care packages for the troops

care package HZTOperation SOS (Support our Servicepeople) held its 10th anniversary shipping and packing event on Dec. 10. At this event SOS was presented with two cartons of hand-knitted hats, helmets, headbands, wrist warmers and neck gators to include in their care packages being sent to deployed American Servicemen in for the Christmas holiday and winter season. The handmade items were made by RSVP Kingston crafters group who have been in service for 20 years. Sue Boughton is the leader of this group which utilizes patterns from Operation Toasty Toes. The Kingston American Legion Post 150 provided funding for the materials.

The photo shows Sue Boughton (center-left) presenting the knitted garments to Operation SOS President Gaetana Ciarlante (center-right) while American Legion Post 150 Vice Commander Charlie Boughton (front left) and Ken Boughton of the American Legion Post 150 color guard look on.

The packages also included many individual greeting cards from participants in a recent YMCA race. Packages were sent to several deployed servicemen and to USO Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan.


In order to have a deployed member of the military added to future mailing lists contact Gaetana Ciarlante at or call 246-3390.