The Manteca Transit Center at 220 Moffat Blvd. will be hosting a Troop Box Packing Event on Thursday, Oct. 6.
American Legion Post 249 along with Doctors Hospital of Manteca and the City of Manteca are co-hosting this Military Troop Support Program gathering that’s held in honor of USMC Cpl. Charles O. Palmer II of Manteca.
Palmer was one of two Marines killed in 2007 in Iraq, just west of Baghdad, when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee.
As way of honoring the fallen, the Palmer family started up the MTS Program.
The mission here is to raise awareness to the general public of the sacrifices along with the dedication of troops from all branches of the U.S. Military by supporting active duty service members and their families.
One way of accomplishing this goal is via troop box packing events – besides toiletries, grooming supplies, correspondence items, high-protein snacks, seasoning/condiments, and hand towels, cash donations are greatly appreciated given the cost for shipping is about $17 per care package – is getting the public to join in and help prepare care packages.
The MTS event is Manteca is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
Supporters of this program include the local Kiwanis International service organization, United Way of San Joaquin, Manteca Chamber of Commerce, and Cherokee Memorial Park & Funeral Home.
Two more packing events are planned for Stockton (JB Hunt, 2660 Loomis Rd. at 2 p.m. on Nov. 6) and Tracy (American Legion Post 172, 1960 N. Tracy Blvd. at 11 a.m. on Nov. 19).
For more information, call 209.239.3088 or log on to www.cplpalmertroopsupport.com