Putnam collects funds for care packages

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and United for the Troops are collecting donations for the annual Defend the Holidays program to send care packages to members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving overseas. For each $15 donation, a care package will be sent to a soldier. The deadline is Dec. 21.

United for the Troops was founded by Jim and Patty Rathschmidt of Mahopac to provide troops with comfort items such as cookies, DVDs, CDs, snacks and T-shirts. See putnamcountyny.com/carepackage. Cards and payment can be sent to Terry Oliver, County Executive’s Office, 40 Gleneida Ave., Carmel, NY 10512.

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