Illinois State Rep. Walker, Sen. Ann Gillespie Contribute at Care Package Event for Troops

State Rep. Mark Walker (left) packs care packages with state Sen. Gillespie (right) and other volunteers at Help USA Troops
Illinois State Rep. Mark Walker (left) packs care packages with state Sen. Gillespie (right) and other volunteers at Help USA Troops.

Along with Illinois State Sen. Ann Gillespie and many other area volunteers, Illinois State Rep. Mark Walker, D-Arlington Heights, recently attended a Help USA Troops Packing Party event and helped organize care packages to be sent to active duty troops abroad.

“Help USA Troops is a fantastic organization dedicated to sending a little piece of home to our men and women in uniform, letting them know we’re thankful for their service,” Walker said. “Packing care packages for our troops overseas is a fun and rewarding way to give back to those who have already given so much.”

Since 2011, Help USA Troops has hosted collection and packing drives to send care packages to American men and women serving abroad. At this year’s collection drive on April 7, volunteers packed 1,200 boxes to ship to deployed troops. Help USA Troops was started not only to send packages; its packing and sorting drives are done in honor of area veteran Lance Cpl. James Stack who was killed in action on Nov. 10, 2010.

“As a veteran, I know how important care packages like these can be to our troops,” Walker said. “Whether it’s sending boxes with messages of support or representing our veterans in Springfield, recognizing our troops’ service should be a top priority.”

State Rep. Mark Walker (left) packs care packages with state Sen. Gillespie (right) and other volunteers at Help USA Troops
Illinois State Rep. Mark Walker (left) packs care packages with state Sen. Gillespie (right) and other volunteers at Help USA Troops.

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