Christmas giving: Community to support troops

Community members in The Dalles and Hood River are asked to donate snack and hygiene items to make Christmas merrier for an Oregon National Guard platoon and other troops in Afghanistan.

The goal of the Holidays for Heroes Committee is to pack at least 30 boxes at a public event on Thursday, Nov. 16. The doors of the Civic Auditorium, 323 E. Fourth Street in The Dalles, will open at 5:30 p.m.