This year, the supported unit will be the 244th Louisiana Guard out of Hammond, which is currently deployed to Iraq and has members from around Louisiana. If enough items are gathered, an additional Guard unit will be added.
Last year Louisiana Soldiers’ Angels leader Greta Perry led a small-scale support effort, sending decorations and party supplies to the Louisiana Guard HSC 769th Engineering Battalion, deployed to Iraq.
Operation Mardi Gras 2009 is being conducted in conjunction with the Louisiana Guard Family Readiness Support Assistant Anglia (Nikki) Ganey, and the goal is to send each one of the 320 soldiers in the 244th a box of Mardi Gras cheer.
Supporters are encouraged to assemble a box of Mardi Gras cheer (U.S. Postal Service flat-rate boxes and APO form 29767-A are recommended). Suggested items to send include costumes and masks, decorations, Louisiana food, music, throws (items traditionally tossed from floats), and anything else that might give Louisiana soldiers a taste of home.
To send a box, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (985)807-4805 for the mailing address. Shipping deadline is Saturday, Feb. 7.