The Union County Military Family Support Group (MFSG) will be asking for the community's help next weekend in gathering necessities for those serving overseas.

The Union County Military Family Support Group (MFSG) will be asking for the community's help next weekend in gathering necessities for those serving overseas.

"This year, the plan is to again enlist the community's generous hearts and open wallets to donate food and other items to the area's servicemen and women," said Oscar Decker. "Normally, packages are sent several times throughout the year to these service members. The economy had an affect on the MFSG's drive last year, as donations were down significantly from previous years."

MFSG volunteers will be set up on Saturday, Oct. 2, to collect necessities and items to be sent as care packages for local troops. Volunteers will be at the Richwood Cardinal, 365 E. Blagrove St., Richwood; Marysville's community market, the corner of Fifth and Main streets; Kmart, 1000 N. Main St.; Walmart, 555 Coleman's Crossing Blvd.; and at Lovejoy's Market, 900 Village Blvd., Plain City.

Volunteers will be at all locations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donated items can also be dropped off at the American Legion, 500 Park Place, Marysville, between noon and 4 p.m.

Monetary contributions will also be accepted, according to Decker. Checks can be made payable to the Union County Military Family Support Group, which is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization.

The mission of the MFSG is to have activities and/or provide advice, counsel or assistance for the family members of those serving as well as to remind the troops that they, too, have support, through packages and notes sent to them, according to Decker. There are normally 70-80 families directly affected as a result of active duty in the county, he said.

"Community support is essential to the success of this program," Decker said. "With the community's help on Oct. 2, the MFSG will be well on the way to a successful year of continuing their support to Union County's military."