Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus expresses gratitude to the hundreds of residents who have donated supplies to be shipped to troops from the County serving overseas. Neuhaus, a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy reservices currently deployed abroad, posted a video on Facebook on Sun., Feb. 10 asking the public to send necessities for servicemen and servicewomen to the County’s Veterans Service Agency (VSA) office in Goshen, NY.
The response was overwhelming and the first truckloads of supplies, which totaled more than 1,000 pounds, was sent out to more than 200 Orange County troops on Mon., Mar. 11..
The County’s VSA has been collecting supplies for nearly a month. As per Neuhaus’s request, donations include powdered drinks, hand sanitizer, lip balm, disposable razors, Q-tips, travel size shampoos and conditioners, snack foods including energy bars, nuts and seeds, cookies, gum, hard candies, dried fruit, and crackers.
United For The Troops, a non-profit organization in Putnam County which supports troops overseas in a variety of ways, assisted the County in shipping the packages. Private donations covered all shipping costs.