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Treats for troops backers receive thanks
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From left, Marie Raymus (Antone and Marie Raymus Foundation), Carolyn Hill (Camellia Gardens Women’s Bible Study Group), Manteca Soroptimist president Arleen Sevor, and Eric McMurtry (Doctor’s Hospital of Manteca) received recognition for their ongoing “Treats for Our Troops” effort. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
It was no sooner than American soldiers were sent to fight the Global War on Terrorism in the Middle East that local service organizations such as Soroptimist International of Manteca began to find ways to help out.

Soroptimists here adopted an ongoing care package project called “Treats for Our Troops,” sending hygiene supplies along with snack foods including homemade cookies and stationery items to the men and women serving our country.

For the past six years, they’ve shipped out more than 2,000 “Treats for Our Troops” boxes to military personnel.

On Tuesday, Arleen Sevor, president of the Manteca Soroptimist club, thanked several groups for their support of this ongoing endeavor.

Included were representatives of Doctor’s Hospital of Manteca (Eric McMurtry), the Camellia Gardens Women’s Bible (Carolyn Hill) and the Antone and Marie Foundation (Marie Raymus).

Each was recognized with certificates of appreciation from the 43rd Sustainment Brigade “Rough Riders,” a U.S. Army Forces Command combat service support unit stationed at Fort Carson, Col.

“For supporting the task force ‘Rough Rider’ morale, welfare, and recreation program while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, your commitment and exceptional support have displayed true patriotism and enhanced the welfare of our soldiers residing in Afghanistan,” said the local Soroptimist official at the luncheon meeting held in the Masonic Lodge.