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Mayor asking public to send holiday greetings to troops, donate to Wounded Warriors

December 9, 2012

Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle points out the table where composition books will be located for people to write greetings to servicemen and women who are stationed overseas during the holidays. The books are located next to the Punxsutawney Borough Council chambers in the Mahoning East Civic Center. The books will be available for public greetings until Saturday. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the countdown to Christmas continues, Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle is asking area residents to send greetings to servicemen and women who are stationed overseas during the holiday season.

Wehrle said he has a supply of composition books, in which people can write holiday greetings, set up next to the Punxsutawney Borough Council
Chambers in the Mahoning East Civic Center this week.

"People can write well wishes, holiday greetings or anything they want in the books to the troops, no matter where they're stationed," he said.

Wehrle said there will be several books and pens available for people to use up until Saturday.

"There's no limit on how long of a greeting or message they can write," Wehrle said, adding one can put a specific name in there if he or she wants, or a message can be to anyone in the armed forces in general.

Wehrle said he also wants area residents to participate in the Wounded Warrior Project.

According to the Wounded Warrior website: The purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.

The mayor said the Wounded Warrior Project is to help injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

He said that he is looking for people to make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Those donations can be made at the Punxsutawney Borough Police station, also located inside the Mahoning East Civic Center, until Dec. 24.

"I saw Wounded Warriors advertised on Fox News, and I called the headquarters in Washington, D.C., to see what it takes to participate in the program," Wehrle said, adding that he feels it is a very important program for the public to assist the servicemen and women who've been wounded in a conflict.

For more information, call the mayor's office at 938-2710 and leave a message and a return phone number.

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