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Flag donations to help deployed Lincoln troops

Supporters of the North Carolina National Guard will be distributing flags in exchange for donations today and Saturday in Lincolnton.
Members of the American Legion Post No. 30 and guard family members have organized the event, which they hope will raise money to send items to Lincolnton troops currently deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Charlie Battery of the guard’s 113th Field Artillery unit was deployed in October as part of the 30th Heavy Separate Brigade.
The flag distribution will take place at the intersection of East Main Street and Generals Boulevard starting at about 8 a.m., said Dale Punch, legion commander.
The American Legion has already been out in full force collecting items to send to troops, and Punch hopes this latest effort will help raise money for postage.
Anyone who wants to donate additional items to the cause can drop them off at Country Club Market, Griffin Motors, Kings Office Supply, the UPS store and the National Guard armory.
Troops need junk food such as Tootsie Rolls and hard candy, liquid hand soap, baby wipes and non-perishable foods. Punch said they’ve also expressed a desire for DVDs.
On June 26 the National Guard armory will be open so family members who have a loved one serving in the combat zone can come by and make a box to send to them.
Anyone who has questions or would like to make a donation can call Punch at 704-735-8509 or Sgt. Ken Heavner at 704-735-5041.by Staff Reports

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