Soldiers serving overseas and Wisconsin’s veterans in need of assistance will benefit from a military care donation drive hosted by Peoples State Bank’s nine retail locations in northern, central, and southeastern Wisconsin. More than 7,500 items and $618 in cash were donated in 2020, for a combined four-year total of 30,000 items and more than $3,200 in cash collected.

“Despite the pandemic, people throughout Wisconsin stepped up to help our soldiers and veterans,” said Peoples State Bank President and CEO Scott Cattanach. “The donations from customers and employees show how much we appreciate all our veterans have done for us in the past, and all our current soldiers are doing for us now.”

Collected items included lip balm, toothpaste, nasal spray and sunblock, snacks such as jerky, candy, and trail mix, playing cards, socks, and blankets. The donations are given to the Rhinelander Military Support Group, which creates care packages. Some of the packages are shipped to active military members from Wisconsin who are stationed overseas, while other packages are sent to Wisconsin veterans and agencies that help them.

“Every year, we hear from soldiers and veterans who thank us for what we send,” said LeRoy Eades, of the Rhinelander Military Support Group. “To receive as many items as we did last year is simply amazing considering COVID-19’s impact on everything we do.”