The Cambrian

Troop holiday package drive underway

The Cambria American Legion Post No. 432 Troop Support Unit (TS2) has again kicked off its annual drive to involve the local community in providing Christmas and holiday gifts for our local men and women serving in the military.

This program involves sending our service members in Afghanistan and Iraq gift boxes that include snacks, food seasonings, American flags, squirt guns, DVDs and CDs — you get the idea. At their request, we will also be shipping more than 1,000 small toys for them to distribute to the local children. Not only does this foster good will and enhance morale, but often it is the children who will tip our troops off as to the placements of IED (improvised explosive devices).

We will also continue to remember our local service members stationed throughout the United States with items that remind them of home.

You have several opportunities to participate in this year’s program. In exchange for a donation of $10 to cover shipping, we will supply you with a box and a list of suggested gifts and supplies. Once filled, just return the unsealed box to the Matter of Taste at 4120 Burton Drive or any of the locations listed below.

For a donation of $30, the most popular choice, the American Legion will do your shopping, packing, and shipping.

Lastly, you can send a Legion gift card as a stocking stuffer to a loved one and let them know that a package has been sent in their name. This year, thanks to the generosity of our local merchants including Cookie Crock Market, Cambria Village Pharmacy, A Matter of Taste, and our own 4-H Club, the vast majority of the items, purchased or donated, will come from Cambria merchants.

Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, inside the Veterans Memorial Building, approximately 75 of our local students will participate in packing more than 10,000 individual items. Every child in Cambria also has the opportunity to bring a personal note or greeting card that will be placed in one of the boxes. (The Legion cannot provide supervision of the little ones.)

To support this worthy cause, you can mail your donation of any size to the Cambria American Legion, a registered nonprofit organization, at P.O. Box 697, Cambria 93428.

Checks should be made out the American Legion Post No. 432 and place “TS2” in the memo section.

You can also find us at Cambria Farmers Market on Friday afternoons until Dec. 17; the Cambria Post Office from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays until Dec. 13; and at the American Legion Clubhouse at the back of the Memorial Building (1000 Main St.) after 5 p.m. weekdays and after noon on weekends.

This year you can make donations and purchases via Pay Pal at our website, www.legionpost432.comFor a complete list of the local 41 men and women who comprise the TS2 program or for more information on Operation Holiday Package, we refer you to the TS2 link at

For details, contact me at 927-3735 or On behalf of our veterans and active duty service members, we thank you ahead of time for your generosity and support.

Ron Waltman is a former commander of the Cambria American Legion Post.