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2011-11-09 / Living

Saenz from above

Care package for Firebase Saenz


Sgt. Jose Saenz, a Pleasanton High School graduate, was killed in action on Aug. 9, 2010. Sgt. Jose Saenz, a Pleasanton High School graduate, was killed in action on Aug. 9, 2010. Carrie’s for Lunch is taking donations for a care package to be sent to U.S. troops at Firebase Saenz. Carrie’s for Lunch is located at 816 Main St. in Pleasanton.

Donations will be accepted Nov. 9-Nov. 18, so that the troops can receive it by Christmas. You can drop by your items from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Here are some of the food items needed: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, protein bars, cereal bars, granola bars, nuts, peanuts, mixed nuts (salted), pretzels and hard candy.

Other items sought are: *baby wipes, *hand sanitizer, *shampoo, *conditioner, *deodorant, razors (disposable), *shaving cream in tubes or “Dove” bar soap, lip balm, Chapstick, *baby powder, *foot powder,*tissues, *hand and body moisturizer, cotton swabs, cotton balls, Band-Aids, gauze pads, first aid kits, Icy Hot, Bengay, *Tylenol, *Motrin, *Advil and *aspirin, *toothbrushes, *toothpaste, dental floss, eye drops and nasal spray.


ABOVE AND BELOW: Firebase Saenz was named in honor of Sgt. Jose Saenz. ABOVE AND BELOW: Firebase Saenz was named in honor of Sgt. Jose Saenz. Please note that starred items must be travel-size only.

Additional items include: batteries (size AA, AAA, C and nine-volt), puzzle books, word search books, math puzzle books and calendars.

You can also send small homemade gifts that will remind our troops of home, such as crafts, scenic pictures and scrapbooking items.

A complete list of items accepted is available at Carrie’s or you may call Chris at 830- 480-3730 for more details. Your help is greatly appreciated.



In March 2010, Andrew Lubin wrote an article in Leatherneck magazine titled Marine Artillery in Afghanistan: 1/11- Every Marine an Infantryman and a Cannoneer. In it, he quoted Captain Richard Robinson who said, “Frankly most of the Marines went ‘above and beyond’ every day.”

The article continued, “Sadly, Sergeant Jose Saenz, a Marine in India Btry, was included in the above and beyond. A vehicle mechanic by military occupational specialty (MOS), he was acting as a provisional infantry squad leader when killed on a mission. The Marines renamed a firebase in his honor.”

DONATIONS SOUGHT:

Where: Carrie’s for Lunch
When: Nov. 9-Nov. 18 from 11 a.m.-3
p.m.
Why: Care package being sent to
troops at Firebase Saenz

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