New Britain woman gets ready to make troops’ holidays brighter

November 9, 2013 by  

Marjorie Hackett-Wallace is getting ready for her fifth year as the organizer of an effort to send CARE packages to U.S. Marines in Afghanistan.

Hackett-Wallace plans to kick off this year’s effort with a fundraiser tomorrow morning—which happens to be the Marine Corps’ birthday.

The money raised at the pancake breakfast goes to pay the cost of shipping packages abroad. Last year’s campaign brought in over 14,000 pounds of personal care items and snacks that went into 923 packages for active duty military personnel in Afghanistan. The cost of the mailing was over $12,000.

Hackett-Wallace says the breakfast will also have a bake sale and raffle, as she is always trying to reduce the cost of shipping while at the same time she increases the number of items mailed. This year, she plans to distribute flyers ahead of time to call attention to the fundraiser, bring in more volunteers, and perhaps get local businesses involved. Not only does she hope to solicit direct support, but she also says she would like to encourage businesses to collect items, or let her put a collection box at the company.

Hackett-Wallace could consider working with a poster printing company to create displays she can put in windows throughout the area, mentioning the fundraiser and asking for donations as well.

Tickets to are $8, and the breakfast will be held at the Pearl Street senior center in New Britain, about 12 miles from Hartford, from 8:00 am to 11:30 am.