UPDATED: Public invited to donate items for 'Deployed Vet Drive'
care-package campaign, now through Nov. 14
Update (Friday, November 14, 2014, 1:29 p.m.):
Nov. 14 care-package boxing photos: [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ]
Thanks to generous donations, on Friday, Nov. 14 the Sheriff's Office and a team of volunteers were able to fill 83 boxes with goods to ship to our troops serving overseas.
Over half a ton of items were boxed up, labeled and sent out by volunteers.
We took video of the event and are happy to share it with members of the media. A link to the location of the video has already been emailed out.
Thanks again to Safeway, Bill Call, VFW Three Rivers Post # 1324, the CCPOBF, and Rep. Shemia Fagan for helping make the Deployed Vet Drive happen.
EARLIER (Thursday, November 6, 2014, 1:01 p.m.):
- Informational handout requesting donations for the 'Deployed Vet Drive'
- Sheriff Craig Roberts with Bill Call at "Bill's Place" in Clackamas, just after a 'Deployed Vet Drive' planning session
- Sheriff Roberts on-hand in April 2008 when more than 30
soldiers with the Oregon Army National Guard 41 Special Troops
Battalion trained with seven members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's
Office SWAT team at Camp Withycombe: [ Photo 1 ] [ Photo 2 ]
Today through Nov. 14, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is
launching the "Deployed Vet Drive"
to gather items for care packages for deployed soldiers. Among these
deployed soldiers: four of our Sheriff's Office deputies serving in the
Guard and Reserve. The public is invited to donate to the care-package
drive now through Nov. 14.
CARE-PACKAGE, CHECK DONATIONS WELCOMED FROM PUBLIC:
On Nov. 14, we'll assemble care
packages to ship to deployed members of the Guard and Reserve. From now
through Nov. 14, the Sheriff's Office is accepting donations from the
public in a donation box at the Public Safety Training Center (12700 SE
82nd Ave., Clackamas, OR 97015).
A list of requested donation items is at the end of this release.
Members of the public can also mail checks supporting this effort to a
attn: Deployed Vet Drive
P.O. Box 678
Clackamas, OR 97015
Safeway, Bill Call, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Three Rivers
Post # 1324 have also partnered with the Sheriff's Office to contribute
to the donation effort.
NOV. 14 MEDIA EVENT TO SHOWCASE MILITARY EMPLOYEE SUPPORT PROGRAM, 'VETERANS PAY BILL'
A planned Nov. 14 media event will also showcase two important new
1. The Sheriff's Office's new Military Employee Support Program (MESP); and
2. LC 1068, the "Veterans' Pay Bill" drafted by Rep. Shemia Fagan and endorsed by Sheriff Roberts for the 2015 legislative session. LC 1068 will limit the financial hit that public safety officers have to take when they are called up for active military duty.
ABOUT THE MILITARY EMPLOYEE SUPPORT PROGRAM:
On July 29, 2014, the Sheriff's Office launched the Military Employee
Support Program (MESP). It helps establish a support mechanism for
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office employees who serve as citizen
soldiers in the nation's Guard and Reserve Units.
This includes financial and logistical support of families of CCSO employees deployed overseas by the Guard and Reserve. This support can include:
• Care packages
• Family care
• Gift certificates
• Child/youth programs
• Assistance in adjusting to civilian law-enforcement environment when returning to duty
A Military Employee Support Program fund was also established through
the Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation (CCPOBF).
This fund will create a pool the Foundation can draw from to provide
support for deployed CCSO employees and their families. Donations to
the fund can be made by mailing a check to:
attn: Military Employee Support Program
P.O. Box 678
Clackamas, OR 97015
Please make the check payable to CCPOBF and put "Military Employee
Support Program" in the memo line. Donors will receive a donation
receipt using this method. The CCPOBF is a 501(c)(3) charitable
ABOUT LC 1068, THE 'VETERANS' PAY BILL'
The Military Employee Support Program is one way to help. Sheriff
Roberts is also working with State Rep. Shemia Fagan to introduce LC
1068 -- a bill for the 2015 Oregon legislative session that allow
sheriffs' offices and other public-safety offices to supplement their
employees' pay when the employees are on active duty with the Guard and
"This adds no additional cost to my payroll," said Roberts. "I've already budgeted for my deputies' full salaries."
As reported by KOIN 6 in October:
"I'm excited for how this is going to affect firefighters, police officers, sheriffs all over the state to be able to actually continue to support their families at a level that's sustainable while they're out serving our country and the military," said Fagan.
Fagan said she thinks her bill is a win-win for all and has promised to fast track it for early next year  in Salem.
"I expect it to pass unanimously through the Capitol," she said.
DONATION ITEMS REQUESTED:
The public is welcome to drop off the following care-package items at
the Public Safety Training Center (12700 SE 82nd Ave., Clackamas, OR
- Any type of sweet item that is well-packaged
- Cashews, almonds, other nuts
- Red Bull or other energy drinks
- Powdered sports drink mix/small liquid water flavors
- Protein powder
- Red Vines licorice
- Hard candy
- Jerky (prefer jerky over other meat items, because pepperoni and other cured meats can go bad)
- Dried and packaged smoked salmon
- Granola and other types of bars
- Dried Fruit
- Keurig coffee/tea/cocoa supplies
- Twin sheets, pillowcases, pillows
- Conditioner for females
- Face wipes / baby wipes
- Deodorant (men/women)
- Shaving cream (avoid aerosol if possible)
- Lip balm
- Eye drops
- Foot powder
- Razors (men/women)
- Toothpaste/toothbrushes/Dental floss
- Magazines (surfing magazines were specifically requested by one soldier)
- Socks (cotton)
- Snack baggies
- Games (including foam footballs/basketballs, crossword puzzles, word searches)
- Air fresheners
- Foot- and hand-warmers
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
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