WCBA, Cooley again gearing up to help soldiers

Editor's Note: The following was recently distributed by the Washtenaw County Bar Association.

If you've ever wondered what you can do to help support our troops serving overseas, here is a great way to help.

The Public Service Committee of the Washtenaw County Bar Association And Thomas M. Cooley Law School are pleased to be participating in "Operation Iraq-AfghanistanPAC," collecting clothing, personal care items, food and other goods requested by the troops.

Operation Iraq-AfghanistanPac is a tri-annual collection drive that collects items requested by the troops, packages them, and ships them to bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

All items collected go to soldiers serving on or near the front lines in Iraq or Afghanistan, or serving in units that directly support front-line servicemembers.

As you can see from the list below, the things being requested are not extravagant or luxurious. They are items of everyday necessity that, for whatever reason, are in short supply.

If you want to help, there are several ways you can do so.

First, you can select items from the list below and simply drop them off at any of the drop off points (listed below) where donations will be accepted.

Second, if you wish to shop online and have your items shipped, you can have them shipped to this address:

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

c/o Professor Dan Ray

3475 Plymouth Rd.

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

(734) 372-4900

Please note that if you want to shop online for sunscreen or protective lip balm, you can do that by clicking on the following link to provide the soldiers with sun care products that will protect them in the blazing desert sun and help to cool sun burns.

SPF 30 Sunscreen: $8 including tax; SPF 15 Lip Protector: $5 including tax; Sunburn Gel: $7 including tax: http://www.marykay.com/lbuiteweg/spabody/suncarecollection/default.aspx

These are below-cost prices being offered exclusively for Operation Iraq-AfghanistanPac. You can pay by credit card by going through the standard checkout process on the Website.

Insert the prices you see here, not on the Website. The products you buy will be taken to a drop-off site for you.

Order as many as you like by February 25, 2011 to insure on-time delivery.

Third, if you prefer to donate cash instead of goods, members of the Washtenaw County Bar Association Public Service Committee will use cash donations to buy items the soldiers have requested.

Donations by check are strongly preferred; checks can be made payable to "Washtenaw County Bar Association" and mailed or delivered to the Bar Association's office.

List of Drop-Off Locations

Muth and Shapiro P.C.

301 W. Michigan Ave., Ste. 302

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: (734) 481-8800

e-Mail: attyandymuth@cs.com

Nichols, Sacks Slank, Sendelbach and Buiteweg, P.C.

121 W. Washington St., Ste. 300

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: (734) 994-3000

e-Mail: buiteweg@nsssb.com

Thomas M. Cooley

Law School

3475 Plymouth Rd.

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Phone: (734) 372-4900

e-Mail: rayd@cooley.edu

Washtenaw County Bar


101 E. Huron St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

(734) 994-4912

e-Mail: slaterk@ewashtenaw.org

Deadline for Donations: Tuesday, March 15, 5 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 16, we will collect donations from the various drop-off points and deliver them to the nearest Cooley campus (Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills).

We will need volunteers with suitable vehicles, (pickup, SUV, van) to help us with this collection.

On Thursday, March 17, at 9 a.m. we will deliver all the donations to the central collection and packaging facility, (the Ford National Parts Distribution Center Garage located at Middlebelt and Plymouth Roads in Livonia).

We will also need volunteers to help with the packaging and labeling of donations for shipment.

That will happen on Thursday, March 17, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

If you are willing to help with collection and transportation of donations on March 16 or March 17, contact Dan Ray at rayd@cooley.edu.

If you have questions or need more information, contact any of the Public Service Committee members listed above as drop-off locations.

Published: Thu, Jan 13, 2011