Veterans Committee launches its 'pack mission'

On December 6, the Oakland County Bar Association's Veterans Committee, led by Chairman Elias Escobedo Jr., issued its annual challenge to OCBA committees and all members to "out fund-raise them" in their collection of items for military men and women serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Last year's collection effort resulted in a record-setting $53,000 worth of items and cash donations, enabling the OCBA to pack more than 171 care packages representing 8,000 pounds of donated goods.

Like last year, the collection effort was formally launched at the OCBA's Annual Holiday Gala, an event that attracted a record crowd. This year's effort will culminate on March 21, according to Lisa Stadig Elliot, executive director of the OCBA.

"If you would like to get in on the friendly and high-spirited competition, and help our armed services, please donate items or cash at the Oakland County Courthouse during the following motion call days: Wednesday, Feb. 6, or Wednesday, March 6," Stadig Elliot said.

On those dates, the OCBA will staff collection tables from 8-11 a.m. at the North and South entrances. For those whose practices don't take them to the Oakland County Courthouse, the OCBA office will be a collection point and is located at 1760 S. Telegraph Rd., Ste. 100, Bloomfield Hills.

Operation Afghan Iraq Pack Subcommittee Co-chairman Michael Schloff stated, "The 3,000 lawyers of the OCBA care very deeply about our men and women on deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of our members have served in combat in Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan and deeply identify with what these modern American heroes are experiencing overseas. For all of us, this is a labor of love."

To learn more about the OCBA's Veterans Committee and Operation Afghan Iraq Pack, contact Stadig Elliot at (248) 334-3400 or by going to the following link on OCBA's website:

Suggested collection items include: AA and D batteries--premium long-lasting, Wet Wipes, sun block (30 SPF), ChapStick, nasal spray, eye drops, toothpaste (small tubes) and tooth brushes, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, Q-tips, foot powder, insect repellant (with DEET ingredient), soap, hand sanitizer, towels, wash cloths, Freezy Pops (unfrozen, sealed ice pops), pretzels, Pringles, chips, peanut butter, beef jerky, canned chicken/tuna, peanuts, dried fruits, hot sauce (Tabasco or other), Kool-Aid, ice tea, Gatorade (powder), flavored coffee and teas, flavored creamers, DVD movies, letters/notes/cards of encouragement from adults and children.

Published: Fri, Feb 1, 2013