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Soldiers’ kids receive supplies for classroom

GRANDVIEW - Fred E. Hayes Post 57 of the American Legion in Grandview last Sunday distributed school supplies to the families of soldiers who are members of the 792nd Chemical Company based out of the Grandview Armory.

This was an effort made possible through the American Legion’s involvement with the “Back to School Brigade of Operation Homefront” and Dollar Tree stores in Grandview and Sunnyside.

The 792nd Chemical Company is a unit of the Washington Army National Guard.

The soldiers were able to select from a wide variety of items for their family members, including children, siblings, nephews and nieces. One soldier brought a shopping cart so he could pick up items for soldiers who are deployed fighting the wildfires.

Participants, said American Legion Post Commander Bob Gates, seemed thankful and appreciative of the effort.

“We were hoping many of the soldiers would take advantage of this because we had a lot of supplies to give away,” he said.

Gates said remaining items will be distributed at the “Time of Remembrance” event for Gold Star families next week in Richland, as well as at the Walla Walla VA Hospital Christmas party, sponsored by the American Legion, and the Christmas Gift Shop, sponsored by The American Legion Auxiliary.

Other items will be donated to local schools and the after-school programs at the Grandview Community Center, said Gates.

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