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Aiken Marine Corps League hosting 'Operation Petticoat' for female soldiers in Afghanistan

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011

AIKEN, S.C. -- The Aiken Marine Corps League #939 is kicking off a fundraiser to collect supplies specifically for women soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. They're calling the event "Operation Petticoat."

Commandant Lane Parker says 15 percent of American soldiers in Afghanistan are women, and they got word supplies were running low. He points out many supplies are specific for men, such as the sizes of boots and socks. They're hoping to help replenish some supplies specifically for women fighting in combat areas.

The list includes:
-Hair bands, bobby pins and hair gels and sprays to help slick hair into buns and pony tails
-Female-specific shampoo and conditioner, combs, hair brushes and nail clippers
-Sanitary napkins and feminine products, baby wipes, and non-fragrant lotions
-Female deodorant, Tylenol and other non-prescription medication
-Female-specific razors (sometimes men's razors are too sharp)
-Socks, shoe inserts and insoles (women's sizes for boot or sports)
-Sports bras, undergarments

"Not only will it bring extra added attention to the simple fact that women are fighting in Afghanistan, but it will get them the needed supplies to possibly feel a little more comfortable in Afghanistan," said Sgt. Leslie Palmer with US Marine Corps Public Affairs. The Marine Corps League hosts general fundraisers year round and is excited to focus specifically on supporting female needs for this one.

The Marine Corps League #939 is hosting a Pancake Breakfast at Fatz Cafe on Pine Log Road in Aiken on Saturday 8 to 10 a.m. They'll be serving pancakes, sausage links, fruit cocktails and beverages. All proceeds including tips and donations will benefit Operation Petticoat. Tickets are $7 and are available at the Aiken VA Clinic at 951 Millbrook Avenue in Aiken.


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