Fox Valley Troop Support collects for troops

By Dave Heun
Updated 11/10/2010 12:11 PM

Fox Valley Troop Support Inc. and the Batavia VFW Post 1197 have established drop-off dates for donations to holiday care packages that will go to military personnel overseas.

Donations can be dropped off at the Batavia VFW, 645 S. River St., for sorting from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3. Packages will be prepared from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4. and inspected and sealed from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 6.


Individuals and organizations interested in helping are encouraged to create collection drives or fundraisers to help defray postal costs.

Any other ideas or suggestions for help can be sent to Fox Valley Troop Support co-chairs Sarah Giachino or Kathy Tobusch.

Giachino can be reached at (630) 587-3789 or by e-mail at, and Tobusch can be reached at (630) 937-4181 or via e-mail at

Giachino said if a family of a military member would like to add a name to the deployment list, they need to submit the person's name, rank, unit address including APO or FPO, as well as the approximate month of return from the deployment.

Care package deadline is Dec. 10 for Christmas delivery. Packages usually arrive overseas in approximately two weeks.

The Fox Valley Support website at provides information and tips on writing letters to the troops and suggest care package items.