‘Teamwork gets it done’: Tomahawk, Elcho communities lend a hand to Afghan refugees

For the Tomahawk Leader

TOMAHAWK – Wurl-Feind-Ingman Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2687 and Auxiliary last week thanked the Tomahawk and Elcho communities for lending a hand to Afghan refugees in Wisconsin.

In a release, the Auxiliary said more than 250 quilts and blankets, along with personal hygiene items, children’s clothing and baby items, were donated as part of the Afghan Refugee Resettlement Project at Fort McCoy.

“Teamwork gets it done!” the Auxiliary stated.

Team Rubicon USA, a disaster response organization founded by U.S. Marines William McNulty and Jacob “Jake” Wood, is supporting the humanitarian effort and managing the donated goods for the program.

“Gregory ‘Pat’ Patrick, manager of the Elcho Food Pantry, along with his wife Mary Anne Evans-Patrick, transported the items from the Elcho and Tomahawk collection points to Wausau and Sparta, Wis.,” the Auxiliary said.

The collection project for the Tomahawk community was directed by Auxiliary President Michele Brittain and Treasurer Pauline Borgen.

Mary Ann Evans-Patrick led the campaign for the Elcho area.

Pat is a Vietnam veteran and a member of Chapter 3 Vietnam Vets and VFW Post 2312 of Monroe, Wis.

To learn more about Team Rubicon’s efforts at Fort McCoy and other locations around the country, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org/resettlement.

Elcho Food Pantry volunteers assisted the Wurl-Feind-Ingman VFW 2687 Auxiliary, Tomahawk, in collecting and transporting quilts, blankets, clothing and personal items to Wausau and Sparta for the Afghan Refugee Resettlement Project at Fort McCoy. Pictured, from left to right: Gregory “Pat” Patrick, Elcho Food Pantry Manager; Michele Brittain, Auxiliary President; Pauline Borgen, Auxiliary Treasurer; and Mary Ann Evans Patrick, Elcho Food Pantry Secretary. Photo submitted by Pauline Borgen.
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