Sue Kiesewetter reports:
A Warren County organization that sends requested items to American troops in Afghanistan is kicking off its annual blanket drive with a motorcycle ride and fundraiser Saturday.
Operation Thank You’s fifth annual blanket ride begins with registration from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Mason Powder Keg Harley Davidson, 2383 Kings Center Court. Riders leave the shop for the 2.5-hour ride through Warren County at 10:30 a.m.
Cost is $15 per bike, $20 for riders with a passenger. Riders or others can also bring 72-inch long, twin-sized blankets to the fundraiser.
Blankets can also be dropped off at the Peoples First Saving Bank in Mason and Morrow; Porky Capone Barbecue in Lebanon; and the Culver’s in Mason.
All proceeds will be used to buy and ship blankets to troops in Afghanistan. Last year about 3,200 blankets were shipped to troops.
“It keeps a lot of men and women warm,’’ said C.J. Ashby, who is coordinating the event.