Batavia Cares receives flag flown in Afghanistan

BATAVIA – Batavia Cares received an American flag flown in Afghanistan that was carried by six different units.

“The flag flew to symbolize the sovereign power of the United States of America’s unshakable resolve to keep our country safe,” Lt. Col. Charity Banks said in a news release. “The flag bears witness to the sacrifice and courage of those men and women fighting terrorist forces threatening the freedoms of the United States of America and the world.

“Thanks so much for supporting us over here in Afghanistan. It meant a lot that people think of us.”

Residents can help Batavia Cares send Christmas packages to troops.

ACE Hardware, 1901 W. Wilson St., Batavia, and Berkeley Finer Foods, 28 S. Van Buren St., Batavia,
are Batavia’s collection centers.

Personal hygiene items, drink mix, snacks, coffee, cookies, hard candy, magazines, music CDs and DVDs are needed.

Cash donations are needed for postage.

Donations can be sent to Marmion Academy, 1000 Butterfield Road, Aurora, IL 60502, or Batavia Cares, 318 Church St., Batavia, IL 60510. Batavia Cares’ postage goal for this year is $5,000.

Batavia Cares also wants and needs addresses for those local troops stationed overseas.

Information is available at www.bataviacares.org.