Treasures for Troops Q & A and general information...

Press Release
Contact: Jim Carlyle
Phone: (616) 527-9466
November 14, 2018
WION's Treasures for troops sends 260 boxes to deployed soldiers!

In it's fifth year of the  annual event, WION's "Treasures for Troops" has provided Michigan Chapter #188 of the Blue Star Mothers with enough collections for more packages to go overseas than any other year since the drive began!  Last year (2017) 200 boxes went out, and before that in 2016, 188. Each year the effort has been excellent but this year, the (hopeful) goal of 250 was exceeded!

This year's record mailing is to the credit of all donors, and due in part to the addition of WGLM (WION's Sister Station promoting it in Montcalm County) and Lowell High School's student-run radio station, WWRW helping by spreading the word on the air, and actively collecting in the High School.

The Young Automotive Group Ionia has sponsored this drive each year, and this year provided a Chevy Traverse in which to load each day's collections and protect them from the weather in-transit.  The donations were sorted at the H.O. Steele Building on M-66, and on Sunday November 18th, the Blue Star Mothers' chapter boxed the proceeds which were then sent from the Saranac post office on Monday November 19th, making it what we believe may be a "record" day for the small town post office as well.

The Blue Star Mothers Chapter #188 of IoniaKent, and Montcalm Counties, WION, WGLM, WRWW, and Young Automotive want to thank each and everyone who signed cards and letters, donated time, money for postage or for items, and encouragement! "Its a true community effort" said Jim Carlyle, Co-Owner/Manager at WION who says, "We look forward to this drive each year, and will reach out to our radio partners and to West Central Michigan for this great cause again, in 2019". 


Treasures for Troops is our yearly collection of commonly available items to be sent to deployed American Servicemen and Women overseas.  Many items that are common to us are not to them, and many basic needs the soldiers have to fund out of their own pockets.  Comfort items are also important in this drive as they bring a "piece of home" to our soldiers, wherever they may be deployed.

The Actual On-Air Drive is Monday November 12th through Friday November 16th, but as you will read in this blog, there are collection places in many locations around our area.  Please give what you can. You don't have to wait! Buy now, donate later!

WION Radio, Ionia and WGLM Radio, Greenville/Lakeview  promote this and are also drop-off points.  This year we're proud to welcome Lowell High School as a collection point, and our friends at WWRW, the Lowell High School radio station as partners in collecting and spreading the word for us!  A HUGE thank you to the students, and Lowell High School for your part in 2018's "Treasures for Troops!"

Our sponsoring partner in Treasures for Troops is the Young Automotive Group in Ionia, They provide our drive with a truck to move the donations to and from locations, and have done so for all of our five years of collecting.  Please thank them for helping us help others!  BOTH locations of Young's are sponsors, though our wrap-up broadcast on November 16th is at their south (GM) location.

Who helps us and actually boxes and mails the donations?  
The Blue Star Mothers, Chapter 188. They handle teaching volunteers how to box items efficiently, and the required customs forms for each of the boxes.  This year's (unofficial) goal is 250 to be sent, last year (2017) was our best year so far, with 200 boxes sent from West-Central Michigan!

Are monetary donations welcome?  Most definitely!  The cost of mailing items is huge, and if our goal is reached, postage-alone will be around $4300!  You can also donate at the Muir Village Market in the form of gift-certificates for volunteer shoppers to purchase items to be sent!  It's a quick, easy way to donate.  For direct postage donations, see the address and information in the needs list you can click, download, and print by clicking here.

Where is WION Broadcasting?   During the week of November 12th-16th:

Monday 11/12:  Muir Village Market,  3-6 PM

Tuesday 11/13  No Scheduled Broadcast, please donate at a location near you.

This is also "Restaurant Tuesday" and the Lamplight Grill Ionia is the first this year to volunteer to donate a percentage of their food proceeds to this cause!  We'll add to the list as we go.
     Participating Restaurants donating a portion of their day's receipts:

     The Lamplight Grill in Downtown Ionia 
     Gobblin' Good Food Truck & Catering (corner of M-66 & Adams St. 11A-1:30PM)

Wednesday 11/14  No scheduled Broadcast, please donate at a location near you.

Thursday 11/15:  Broadcast from the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce!  Come join us in Lowell as we help kick off "Christmas Through Lowell" and collect at the chamber offices!

Friday 11/16:  Wrap-up Afternoon broadcast from Young Automotive, Ionia, the GM Store south of town.  Your last chance to drop off items, and you can come watch how boxes are packed!

Can I suggest a soldier to receive a box?  Yes you can!   If you have someone deployed or know someone who will be deployed through the end of January 2019 - please send their name, address and the country in which they are deployed  to   or, contact WION or WGLM radio and give the information to the stations.

Where is the mailing going out from?  This year, in an effort to rotate the post offices accepting our boxes (and volume of mailing does, indeed make a difference to all post offices) we've selected the Saranac, Michigan office for our mailing point.  Their office was very happy to put us on the calendar, and to staff for the day to help things go smoothly! Thank you Saranac Post office for your help with Treasures for Troops!  It's an important job that you have!

Follow this Blog as we add more information....our West-Central Michigan Communities are REALLY getting behind this, and we look forward to seeing you with "Treasures for Troops" 2018, our fifth year helping people far away from home who work to defend our country and help keep the world safer.

-WION 10/18/18                       

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