Kent youth write hundreds of letters to troops overseas

Youth ranging in ages from 5 to 14 wrote 529 letters to troops stationed overseas as part of the Torklift Central Stuff the RV fund-raiser.

Rick Shafer and Jack Kay award Scott Schreiber the First Place People's Choice award

Rick Shafer and Jack Kay award Scott Schreiber the First Place People's Choice award

Youth ranging in ages from 5 to 14 wrote 529 letters to troops stationed overseas as part of the Torklift Central Stuff the RV fund-raiser.

“We received 529 letters from the Kent School District and they included hand-drawn pictures to heartfelt messages thanking troops for their service,” said Rick Shafer. Torklift Central RV manager . “We also collected more than 400 pounds of food, roughly 100 books, 312 magazines, nearly 1,000 games and countless hygiene care packages on Saturday.”

Torklift Central will continue collecting items for troops overseas, including letters through the end of next week. To donate, stop by the 917 Central Ave. South location in Kent.

The company also raised $455 for sending the package overseas. All the donations will be sent to Soldier’s Angels, a non-profit group dedicated to sending care packages to troops stationed in various countries overseas.

“As part of the Stuff the RV event, we held our first car and motorcycle show,” said Jack Kay, vice president of operations. “We awarded cash and trophies to the top three people’s choice winners. We actually wound up with ties for first place and second place so we went ahead and awarded five people.”

First place was a tie between Scott Schreiber and his 1974 Vega and John Eldridge and his 1966 Chevrolet Malibu. They each received $300 and a trophy. Second place was tied between Mark Takisaki and his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro and Jack and Bobbi Berg and their 1956 MGA. They each won $100 and trophies. Third place went to Daniel Holt and his 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle.

“A few of the winners donated their cash winnings to Soldier’s Angels,” said Shafer. “It was an inspiring event and over 300 people attended. We look forward to hosting the event next year.”

For more information about Soldier’s Angels or to donate, call Torklift Central RV at 253.299.0076.

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