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Fundraising event Thursday will raise money for military care packages

April 17, 2012

Braden Smith does his best salute next to some Operation Quiet Comfort care packages. Braden's father, Travis Smith, is in the Army and has done 3 tours in Iraq. 

PLYMOUTH — A fundraising dinner and auction is planned for Thursday evening to benefit Operation Quiet Comfort, a non-profit organization dedicated to sending care packages to injured soldiers overseas.
"We hear about (soldiers) who are killed, but we don't hear about the ones who are injured every day," said organizer Jan Houin. "OQC strives to send an extra measure of comfort to injured soldiers."
OQC is made up of volunteers who purchase personal items and package them at the Houin's home in Plymouth on the second Thursday of each month. The care packages are then shipped to soldiers and medical workers in Afghanistan. Although the organization is national, currently all the shipping is done from Plymouth.
"We do our purchasing from local stores whenever possible," added Houin. "We send many items, like new clothing, underwear, pajama pants — and snacks for medical workers who don't always have time to sit down for a meal."
Thursday, attendees of the dinner held at Memories Reception Hall at 401 E. Jefferson Street will learn more about the organization and how they can get involved.
"OQC depends solely on volunteers," said Houin. "Nobody gets paid."
Houin said that time will be taken during the program to also honor veterans. The evening will include both a silent and a live auction, and all proceeds from the event will go toward paying for supplies and shipping of the care packages.
Houin said that she participates in the organization in order to offer support to U.S. soldiers — not to endorse the conflict itself.
"I don't ask anyone to support the war, because I don't know if it's right or wrong," said Houin. "But I do ask people to support our troops."
The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, call Houin at 574-936-1424 or email her at janh@operationquietcomfort.com.

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