In mid-September,2019, a bus carrying members of the US Army 1st Battalion of the 186th Infantry crashed along Highway 101 in Manzanita. The City of Manzanita was quick to extend help and hospitality to the stranded service men and women and a mutual friendship was born. Manzanita has now “adopted” this unit and the city will continue extending its hospitality to them as they serve overseas. The unit deployed to the Horn of Africa in November 2019 for a year.
To that end, the city will begin sending care packages and is asking for local businesses and individuals to contribute items to send the unit during their deployment period. This will be a difficult time for these men and women while they are separated from their friends, families and loved ones. Anything we can do to offer them support will go a long way in helping ease that burden. We have already received some very generous donations to get this started.
“From my own experience I know how appreciated little items sent from home are received by service men and women overseas,” said Manzanita Mayor and Vietnam veteran Mike Scott. “They are far from home, separated from family for long periods of time. Some have no family. To receive a paperback book, a card, or even a piece of candy is a powerful morale builder. They will know we have not forgotten them.”
There are very specific items the Oregon Military Department (OMD) allows for care packages. Here is a complete list:
Goods (cases of like kind goods, not assorted) –
Food (cases of like kind goods, not assorted) –
If you would like to contribute to this effort, items can be dropped off at the Manzanita Visitors Center or Manzanita City Hall. Each time we have enough for a package, we will send it off and start to fill a new one.
If you have any questions, please contact Dan Haag the Manzanita Visitors Center at (503).812.5510 or Kristin Grasseth at Manzanita City Hall at (503).368.5343