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Commons at Union Ranch helps with items for troops
Kathleen Hulsey of the Commons at Union Ranch presents Adopt-A-Solider care package donations to Charles Palmer Sr. on Thursday.

The Cpl. Charles O. Palmer II Memorial Troop Support Program continues to soldier on during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve had to slow down but we’re still doing one troop-packing event per month,” said Charles Palmer Sr.

He and his wife, Teri, had been spearheading a handful of such gatherings in memory of their son – he was a fallen marine killed in 2007 by a roadside bomb in the Anbar province – monthly prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their non-profit foundation received a boost from The Commons at Union Ranch, which held an Adopt-A-Soldier care package drive – included were toiletries such as shampoo, body wash and hand sanitizers along with food items and other products for troops stationed abroad – during the entire month of February.

Kathleen Hulsey, who is the Director of Resident Enrichment at The Commons, presented Palmer with a boxful of donated items made possible from those associated with the local assisted living & memory care facility.

The Palmers will continue to accept donations for personal care (Chapstick, travel-size shampoo / conditioner, baby wipes), food items (individually wrapped snacks, individual servings of powdered drinks, coffee / tea, and hard candy) and other items (decks of playing cards, stationary, video games).

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