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Wellsboro’s Goodies for Our Troops is on the move

PHOTO PROVIDED Craig Devenport, a church session member, and Dawn Pletcher, founder of Goodies for Our Troops, standing in First Presbyterian Church Lower Meeting Room, the new home of the 15-year-old nonprofit.

Goodies for Our Troops is relocating to a new space thanks to First Presbyterian Church. The church has opened up its lower meeting room to house Goodies, so they can continue their mission of “sending monthly care packages to troops who are deployed overseas, onboard ships, or on submarines, and to veterans’ homes since July 2005,” a news release from the group said.

“We can never thank them enough for all they’re doing for us,” Dawn Pletcher, founder, said, according to the news release. “They’ve put in all new LED lighting, are putting in a new entrance door, cleaned out a storage room, and so many other things for us! We also thank the other organizations who had been using the room so much for their willingness to move so we can continue our mission of putting smiles on the faces of our heroes, military, veterans and their families with care packages from Goodies for Our Troops.”

They will start moving smaller items from the current location, 87 Main St., Wellsboro, as soon as next week and plan to move heavier, larger items 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 20. The move should be completed by April 1. Craig Devenport is encouraging members of the congregation, Wellsboro Rotary Club and Wellsboro Lions Club to help with the move. To assist, call 570-662-5601 or go to Goodies@ptd.net.

Goodies will continue its 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday packaging events and will continue to welcome groups for “field trips” at other times when only your group will be there to help package goodies. Due to COVID-19, packaging has been limited to 10 people, therefore participation is by appointment only. CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines which require wearing a mask, social distancing, taking temperatures on entry and signing in by giving phone number, email or snail mail address.

The group will be using the back entrance on the Gmeiner Center side off the back parking lot. The new address will be Goodies for Our Troops, 130 Main St., Lower Meeting Room, Wellsboro, PA 16901. The phone number and email will stay the same: 570-662-5601 and Goodies@ptd.net.

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