Community Action, Legion gather treats for troops

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Troops at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station will be receiving 184 packages from Orleans County with playing cards, candy, powdered drink mixes and some toiletries.

Four American Legion posts and Community Action of Orleans & Genesee gathered all of the items and then packed them in camoflauge pouches donated by the Salvation Army.

Larry Montello, left, is first vice commander for the Legion in Orleans County. He’s also commander of the post in Medina and a driver for Community Action. He is pictured this morning with Darien Rhodes, center, of Community Action and Andy Ebbs, maintenance supervisor for Community Action.

The trio loaded a Community Action bus with the pouches. They will be delivered to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station by veteran Becky Hucknall. Anni Skowneski, case manager for Community Action, also assisted in the effort.

The Legion and Community Action have worked together in recent years with the “Treats for Troops” program. In the past they have delivered the items to the Armory in Lockport, Fort Drum and Niagara Falls.

“We’ve been trying to spread the wealth,” Montello said.