WestShore Lions members learn about USO mission

Pictured, from left, are WestShore Lions representatives Linda and Kevin Barrett with Tanya Karabanovs, event/volunteer manager for the Northern Ohio USO.

The WestShore Lions Club, which represents the cities of Bay Village, Westlake and North Olmsted, welcomed Tanya Karabanovs at their Nov. 3 meeting to give a presentation on the status of the Northern USO.

The presentation took place as part of the night's meeting agenda and was opened to the public. Those in attendance learned that the mission of the USO is to strengthen America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.

Additionally, that the USO of Northern Ohio is a congressionally chartered, private nonprofit organization. They rely on the donations of individuals, organizations and corporations to provide the funding needed to support service members through programs and events.

Donations to the USO of Northern Ohio can be made online at usonorthernohio.org

If willing to donate, it is important to note that care packages are sent to active service members from Northern Ohio who are serving overseas. These little "parcels of home" are filled with everyday items we take for granted: toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, socks, body wipes and sandwich bags.

They also provide treats through the Care Package Program like reading material, playing cards, video games, DVDs, peanut butter and jelly, powdered drink mixes and beef jerky. 

Please contact Tanya Karabanovs at: 216-433-7313 or tanya@usonorthernohio.org if you would like to volunteer, donate or provide a service.

David Sacco

WestShore Lions Club

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:40 AM, 11.29.2016