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Pat O'Brien Chevrolet in Medina Township hosting flag-raising fundraiser, picnic

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MEDINA TWP. — The public is invited to a veterans celebration noon Thursday, May 16, at Pat O’Brien Chevrolet, 3880 Pearl Road, Medina Township.

Pat O’Brien Chevrolet is collecting the following items for veterans:
  • Canteen books;
  • New baseball caps;
  • Pens, pencils and paper;
  • Books on CD;
  • Music on CDs or DVDs;
  • Magnifying glasses;
  • Handmade cards;
  • Walmart gift cards;
  • White tube socks;
  • White diabetic socks;
  • Slipper socks;
  • Shampoo;
  • Conditioner;
  • Body wash;
  • Soap;
  • Toothpaste;
  • Toothbrushes;
  • Mouthwash;
  • Dental floss;
  • Dental care items;
  • Q-tips;
  • Disposable razors;
  • Wipes;
  • Hand cream;
  • Lotion.

There will be a picnic lunch and then Rolling Thunder, Chapter 1, will present a POW/MIA flag to Pat O’Brien officials at 2 p.m.

“We want to honor our veterans that served to keep us free, including the ones that didn’t come home,” said Barb Kamps, office manager at Pat O’Brien. “We need more recognition for our military.”

Pat O’Brien, who owns four car dealerships in Medina, Cuyahoga, Lake and Erie counties, supports the Help our Heroes campaign.

“He believes very deeply about this,” Kamps said.

The idea for the POW/MIA flag came up when a member of Rolling Thunder was speaking at O’Brien’s Willoughby Hills location.

The owner decided to have flag-raising ceremonies at all of his dealerships, which also include Westlake and Vermilion.

“It’s a good thing to do,” Kamps said. “We’re going to fly those flags at all of our stores.”

Groups are welcome to attend the event. They can register at any Pat O’Brien location or at patobrienchevy.com.

Each location will have a Help our Heroes truck in the showroom, which will be filled with items for the veterans.

Kamps said they received a list of items that many of the veterans’ homes are in need of. For more information, call (330) 725-4588.

“We’re hoping people will donate,” she said.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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