Care packages sought for fallen soldier’s platoon

When Vashon’s 1st Lt. Robert Bennedsen was killed in Afghanistan last month, he had only been in the country three weeks, but he had already come up with a plan of support for men and women under his command.

He told his family that while he enjoyed care packages from home, many in his platoon never received anything. He hoped the people of Vashon would change that.

Bennedsen’s family and friends wish to fulfill Bennedsen’s plan and ask that Islanders donate cash to the cause or give items the men and women there have requested. The list includes mechanic’s gloves, green uniform socks, sunscreen, hand warmers, preserved foods, powdered Gatorade, cans of tuna, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, reading material, flip flops and hard candy, according to Lauren Chinn, who is helping to organize the effort.

Islanders can drop off both types of donations for Bennedsen’s platoon at James Hair Design or Bank of America.

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