We need to
come together as a community to further support our Sons
and Daughters who are fighting on two fronts.
soldiers are in need of specific and personal items to
make lives a little easier.
The Irish Pub
along with friends and customers have adopted quite a few
soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan the last few
years, with great success.
Now is the
time to take another step in this endeavor. We would like
to set up a collection system with the Irish Pub as the
home base solely to benefit our young Men and Women
fighting terrorism overseas.
owners can become partners by just providing a space in
their establishments for a container (box) for personal
items and/or a can for money donations, which will be used
for shipping and to buy items not collected in the boxes.
We feel it is
our obligation as Americans to provide support to our
Troops fighting terrorism overseas to show them we support
and care for them.
Your participation is
How C.H.O.M.P Got
August 2006, I had just returned from Camp Lejeune in
North Carolina. I was there watching my son Corey be
deployed to Iraq for the second time. Once home I received
Corey’s address in the Middle East. Talking with our Irish
Pub family (my husband, Mike, works there) and asked if we
could put up a sign and display a box to help send
packages to Corey’s group of Marines. The response was
Once Corey came back to
the states, none of us at the Irish Pub wanted to stop
supporting our military overseas. So, we put an ad in the
paper looking for any local Marines deployed overseas that
we could help support. Once again the response was
overwhelming. We have helped support over 18 local service
members in all branches of the Service so far.
Last year we opened our
support group to all branches of our Military.
John Foltz came up with
our name Civilians Helping Overseas Military Personnel (C.H.O.M.P.)
We are continuing to
support our troops fighting overseas and wish to continue
until we will no longer be needed.
presents Lt. Col. Krompecher of the Western Michigan U.
ROTC a Certificate Of Appreciation in recognition of their
valuable contributions to the continuous drive by
We sent 17
packages for the holidays. They should receive them in a
few weeks. Hope they enjoy. Our special thanks go out to
the staff & cadets of Western Michigan U. ROTC for their
generous contribution to our program.
Games & Cards, Sunscreen, Travel Size - Hand Sanitizer,
Baby Wipes, Wet Ones, Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant,
Body Wash, Toothpaste, Lotion, Toothbrushes, Razors,
Writing Supplies, Snack Size Ziplock Bags, Things For Kids
- Frisbees, Etc., Tube Socks - Black or White, Food Items
- i.e. Snack Crackers, Jerky or Beef Sticks, Tuna or
Chicken Salad Kits, Drink Mixes For Water, Hard Candy,
Batteries, Disposal Cameras.