Orange Post 49, Bridge City Post 250, Vidor Post 112 and Nederland Post 493 American Legion Posts have joined Port Arthur Post 7 in the Commencement of “Operation CAMO Christmas program.  The Main Objective of this operation will be to ensure that every LOCAL Active Duty member of our Military understands how much that they are loved and appreciated by our Southeast Texas communities.  To help accomplish this task we will be collecting items to send to the troops for Christmas.   Southeast Texas has the most Patriotic citizens in the country and we feel that our friends and neighbors will support this program 100%.

Phase ONE  - Will begin with support from our community.  We need information about your Soldier or Sailor.  Please provide us the needed information such as their name, military mailing address, email, and best way to contact them.  If possible provide family contact information, any pictures we could put in our newsletter or post on our website.  We are hoping to get area school children to make Christmas cards for our local troops. 

You can enter this information at Post 7’s website;, email our website:; postal mail to: American Legion Post 7, ATTN: CAMO, 3750 Memorial Blvd, Port Arthur, TX 77640; or stop by any of the Official Donation drop box locations listed on the website.

Phase TWO - We will solicit gift items for the troops - Christmas cards with a few heart felt words, hard candy, batteries (AA, AAA), playing cards, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, air freshener (that’s a really good one!), small candles, magazines (sports, men’s health, Cosmopolitan), socks, foot powder, CD’s, DVDs such as funny television show like “Everybody Loves Raymond” or “That 70s Show”, deodorant, nail clippers, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, shave gel and lots more ideals on our website - “”.

I imagine that military parents would have never imagined that little Johnny or Sally would be putting lip balm and foot powder on their Christmas wish list.  A Christmas card from the hometown folks with a few words of thanks, maybe a local news/sports clip tucked in it, means a great deal to our troops serving their country, especially during the Christmas holidays.

Phase THREE - On Veterans Day weekend, Nov 14th, Legion members and CAMO supporters will be boxing and shipping packages to our troops.  We’ll be accepting last minute items at the American Legion Post 7 located at 3750 Memorial Blvd in Port Arthur and hosting a $2 BBQ link fund raiser to help cover shipping cost (approx $12/box).

Phase FOUR - As we start our Christmas activities, let us take a moment to pray for all of our brave soldiers and sailors who are serving our country while being so far away from their family during the upcoming holidays.  Our American Legion recognizes that the values instilled in these fine men and women is not only a tribute to the parents and loved ones who support their desires to uphold and defend our sacred freedoms we enjoy in America but also, a positive reflection of our communities core value of 100 percent Americanism.  God has blessed America!


The American Legion was chartered in 1919 by Congress as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization and has since grown to be the nation’s largest wartime organization.

We’re Veterans serving Veterans, their families and the communities in which we live. 

Your support for these fine members of our community is greatly appreciated and will be remembered by the many military families and hundreds of local veterans in the area. 

John Hebert                                                             Tom Grodotzke

CAMO Committee Chairman                                          Commander Port Arthur

American Legion Post 7                                                  American Legion Post 7

Port Arthur Tx                                                                 Port Arthur Tx





Highest Regards

                                                                                                                                       Thanks from our troops!!!!


Last Updated

Oct. 4th 2011