Group steps up to fill void left by closing of Scott commissary

News-DemocratOctober 2, 2013 

With the Scott Air Force Base commissary closed due to the federal government shutdown, a local non-profit organization is stepping up to help make sure junior enlisted military members can still get the necessities they need.

The Hope for Heroes program of the Xi Chi Chapter in O'Fallon is holding a drive to collect items such as canned goods, dry goods, paper products, hygiene items and baby items to help young military members during the shutdown. Military members who use the commissary receive up to a 30 percent savings on items purchased there. The military members the group hopes to help are the lower-ranked, lesser paid members.

Drop off sites are: Underwood Chiropractic in O'Fallon; Mama Gustos Pizzeria in Lebanon; VFW Memorial Post 8677 in Fairview Heights; Advantage Family Chiropractic in Belleville; the Fairview Heights Public Library; Progressive Property Network Inc. in O'Fallon; Lincoln Place Dental at 114 Lincoln Place Court in Belleville; Gifts for Individuals in O'Fallon; Frieze Harley-Davidson in O'Fallon; the O'Fallon City Hall; Auffenberg Dealer Group in O'Fallon and Jack Schmitt Chevrolet in O'Fallon

All donations are tax deductible.

For more information or large donations, contact Chip Shaffer, Hope for Heroes program coordinator at 567-5315 or e-mail

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