'Treats for Troops' donation drive returns, with a tweak

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OCEAN CITY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — An Ocean City volunteer group that helps the military is hoping this summer's donation drive will be better than last year's, which saw a major decline due to the pandemic.

"There are not many outlets left that are still shipping care packages to the troops," said Fred Klevan, founder of the volunteer organization called Treats For Troops.

The small group formed in 2005 and so far has shipped close to 5,000 donated care items overseas to the military. But pandemic restrictions created challenges.

"Our normal donors are people that are in large office buildings, churches and schools," he said. "We have not been able to get the normal donations that we would usually have this of year."

So this year, Klevan is asking for people to drop off care packages to his Ocean City home.

"We are looking for toiletries, items, beef jerky, Tastykakes, anything Philadelphia-oriented we would love to have," he detailed.

Klevan said these items will go to the Pennsylvania National Guard unit that will be deployed sometime in June.

"If you want to see to it that care packages and supplies are sent to the troops that are in harm's way," he said, "we are your outlet."