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March 19, 2013

A decade of giving

Group looks back at 10 years of supporting troops overseas

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“We are still 100 percent volunteer, so it’s all about the volunteers,” Christine Moody said.

One of those dedicated volunteers is retired Danvers Patrolman Jim George, who, from spring to Christmas, stands out in Danvers Square every Saturday collecting donations to help cover postage.

Stephen and Ellen Godzik once turned the downstairs of their Brookwood Lane home into the place to sort items for the holiday wrapping sessions.

Godzik’s husband served in Vietnam, and she said he felt troops were ignored when they came home. That’s why they are involved.

“It’s hard to believe it’s 10 years,” she said of Operation Troop Support’s anniversary.

Dick Moody continues to juggle his work with Operation Troop Support with a full-time job as a regional contracts manager with Aecom, a design and engineering firm. When might he stop sending packages overseas?

“Every day, people come to the door and drop off boxes,” he said. They are constantly getting letters from soldiers looking for some help.

“When we get a letter that says: ‘Can you help me?’ we just don’t feel like stopping. Somebody needs what we are doing,” he said.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

If you go

What: 10th Anniversary Dinner for Operation Troop Support

When: Saturday, 6:30 to 11 p.m.

Where: Angelica’s Restaurant, 49 S. Main St., Middleton

Donation: $40 per person

To learn more: Go to www.troopsupportusa.com or call Dick Moody, 978-836-2395.

To donate: Go to Operation Troop Support’s website. Dinner organizers are still in need of gift cards and other items for the raffle. These may be dropped off at 16 Trinity St., Danvers.

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