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Staff and officials from the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) again this year teamed up with the Oakland County Bar Association to collect donations for servicemen and women stationed overseas.
This is the seventh consecutive year RCOC has been involved in this effort. The collaboration, part of an effort known as Americans Thank Our Troops, has been on-going for 14 years and includes many organizations, businesses and individuals. In involves sending care packages to the troops.
Numerous items, including cash, have been donated to the effort. Troops will receive food, personal items, reading materials, entertainment items, puzzles, games, clothing, sundries, letters from elementary school students and more.
The Oakland County Bar Association’s effort is spearheaded by two Vietnam veterans: RCOC Board Chairman Eric Wilson and Oakland County Bar Association member Michael Schloff. The pair joined forces again in an effort to show appreciation and support for those serving the country overseas.
“We are pleased to be a part of the Americans Thank Our Troops organization. Honoring our military servicemen and women through this effort helps to show our appreciation and support,” Wilson said. “Many times, their daily sacrifice is overlooked, and we hope this effort shows support from the folks on American soil. We thank each for their service. I also want to thank the RCOC employees who generously donated items and money to the effort.”
In addition to Wilson and Schloff, Patrick Castillo from RCOC’s Construction Division volunteered to deliver a truckload of items purchased with cash donated through the Bar Association’s campaign to the Bar Association’s offices in West Bloomfield Township. Monetary donations were used to purchase goods through the commissary at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County.
Road Commission staff donated numerous items that were collected around the agency.
“We are thankful to everyone who participated in this year’s collection and our servicemen and women always appreciate items from home making the time away from family and friends a little easier,” Wilson noted.
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Editor’s Note: Attached is a photo of (L-R) RCOC Chairman Eric Wilson and RCOC Construction Inspector Patrick Castillo as they prepare to load items for the veterans into a Road Commission truck.