Friends of Nevada County Military: I received an e-mail from reader Hilary Porter , who is 17 and a senior at Nevada Union. She is part of Friends of Nevada County Military (the support group for troops and their families). Her brother, Will, is a Marine and is currently serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. Hilary is starting another group that is for siblings and other youth who have an immediate family member currently serving. Another friend of Hilary’s, whose brother spent 14 months in Iraq, is also helping her to start the group. They’ve had their first “meeting,” which consisted of the two teenagers plus a few adult members of the regular group. The next meeting of the youth group will be on Feb. 17th at the Veterans Hall in Grass Valley. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the regular group will hold their meeting in the same room at 6:30. The young peoples’ group will be meeting upstairs – look for signs. Hilary says the main goal is to support the troops and their families. She hopes the youth will offer support to each other as well as the soldiers. Hilary said her brother spent a few hundred dollars on his own body armor, and she knows of a mother who had to buy and send crutches to her injured Marine because the military didn’t have enough to issue a pair to him. According to Hilary, another mother was asking around, looking for a hospital bed for her son, who was being sent home. “These are the kinds of things we would like to raise money for. Many of them don’t have enough money to purchase these things themselves. We’d also like to help the local families who have someone serving overseas and who may be suffering financially. We hope to do a lot of fundraising for these troops,” Hilary said in her e-mail.
Valentine’s Day childcare: Do you and your honey want to go see a movie together? Or a romantic dinner? Anina Tweed, also a Nevada Union student, has organized a fun event that will take place Feb. 14 at the Madelyn Helling Library from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Anina is involved with the NU chapter of “Free the Children” and thought of this Valentine’s Day event as a fund-raiser for the group. Teen members of the group, along with adults and a nurse, will chaperone the kids, ages 4 through 10. They will have games, activities and refreshments. There is a $10 suggested donation. If you have questions or want to reserve a spot, call 265-4305 or 265-4328. “Free the Children” helps children in other countries.
Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax at 477-4292.
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