To update her contact list, Jo Ann Murphy, Dukes County’s director of veterans services, wants information about Island military personnel now serving overseas.
Due to Homeland Security regulations, she no longer receives lists of military personnel detailing their global whereabouts and must depend on the Martha’s Vineyard community for information.
With the holidays coming soon, Ms. Murphy plans to send gift packages to Island soldiers. Call her with names and addresses at 508-693-6887, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Murphy also works with Estelle Burnham of Edgartown, who has solicited donations to buy supplies for soldiers, and with the Oak Bluffs School community, which has collected candy and supplies to send.
Donations might include snacks, white tee-shirts and socks, hand warmers, knit hats, little games, gum, or useful things that fit into a pocket. She plans to pack everything up and ship it before Thanksgiving.
Drop donations off by November 19, at Oak Bluffs School or at the Dukes County building from 8:30 am to 4 pm.
“Or call me and I’ll come and get them,” Ms. Murphy says.