Party to raise donations for the troops
By Jeanne Millsap Correspondent June 15, 2013 6:22PM
Joliet resident Geriann Wiesbrook with her son, PFC Joseph Wiesbrook, at his graduation weekend from Basic Training in Ft Jackson in March. | | Submitted photo
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What: Backyard family barbecue and games in exchange for donations for troops in Afghanistan.
When: Saturday, 2–5 p.m.
Where: 3247 Wilhelmi Drive (near Essington and Theodore Roads), Joliet
RSVP: (815) 603-1490.
Updated: July 17, 2013 7:08AM
Geriann Wiesbrook, of Joliet, is turning 50 this month, and she knows exactly what she wants for gifts. She’s asking for as many donations as she can muster to send to U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan. Nonperishable items such as dry shampoo, wet wipes, packaged foods and personal hygiene items are especially sought.
She’ll even share some family barbeque and birthday cake with those who join the party on Saturday, June 22, from 2 – 5 p.m.
“I don’t think people realize that the need is as desperate as it is over there,” Wiesbrook said. “Getting boxes and even just cards is a really big deal to them.”
Wiesbrook is from a military family and one that has always been a big supporter of the troops. Her mother and father met in the U.S. Navy, and she has had several other family members serve, including her brother in Iraq. A nephew is currently on leave after having served in Somalia and Afghanistan, and he will go back this fall.
Her son is also in officer’s candidate school with the U.S. National Guard. For several years, she and her family have sent boxes to a platoon on the frontlines in Afghanistan, and that’s where her birthday donations will also be headed.
Wiesbrook’s goal is not only to help them with necessities and other items, but also to thank them for their service. Some of them never even get letters from home, she said. When her son was in basic training, there were several who never heard one word from family, and she hears the same from the front.
“I don’t want a soldier over there not getting a letter for a year,’ she said.
In addition to items for soldiers, donations of food items for the barbecue party also are welcome. Call to RSVP at (815) 603-1490.