Dothan Harley Davidson dons Santa cap for soldiers


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The Army National Guard Unit in Dothan has been collecting items to promote the Santa for Soldiers Campaign to help make the holidays a little brighter for the local 186th Engineer Company activated in Kuwait. However, construction on the unit started early, and a new collection spot has been designated.

The Dothan Harley Davidson will serve as the new collection spot until Dec. 15.

“I am proud to help my fellow soldiers,” said Dothan Harley Davidson Co-owner Dutch Holland. “To help these men and women during the holiday season is something I am proud to do.”

Holland, who served in the Army National Guard, knows the importance of a community showing its support for the military.

“When this unit was deployed, I called Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza to ask if the escort could ride by our Harley location,” Holland said. “I wanted these soldiers to see just how much we appreciated their service. I along with several employees and customers gathered outside waving the American Flag. You can never show too much support for our soldiers.”

Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander District Seven James Rathburn and his wife, Nancy, were also at the Harley location Tuesday to announce the new collection location.

“Basically, we have run short on items needed for the soldiers,” Rathburn said. “A goal was set to send 160 care packages and we have enough items collected for 100. We are asking the community to donate items such as drink mix, water bottles, hard candy, gummy candy, individual packs of snacks to include peanuts, crackers, beef jerky, canned fruits (pop top), peanut butter, protein bars, pencils, books and magazines. It is all about allowing these soldiers to have a piece of home this holiday season. For a soldier to be deployed during the holidays, well, that is a very hard time for that soldier. We are asking the community to come together and help us make this possible. We want our soldiers to know they are appreciated every day, but especially during the holidays.”

Items can be dropped off at the Dothan Harley Davidson until Dec. 15.

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