Care packages for troops stuck in DeKalb post office for months

by: Rachel Stockman Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - More than 100 care packages meant for troops serving in Afghanistan are just sitting at a postal office in DeKalb County.
 

The packages were sent out months ago by the King’s Bridge Retirement Community Center on Briarcliff Drive.
 
“I’m real confused as to why that would be. We had no notification there are just sitting there,” said Jim Waldrop, the executive director at the King’s Bridge Retirement Community.
 
More than 100 packages destined for the troops in Afghanistan were packed and sent out by the seniors for Veterans Day more than three months ago, but only made it about a mile to the local post office.
 
“I can’t believe it, why would they not mail them?” asked Bonnie Pefinis, another resident at the retirement home.
 
World War II veteran and retired Brig. Gen. Harold Dye says he put a lot of time into his note.
 
“I’m at a loss for words in a sense. I can’t imagine me being at loss words,” said Dye.
 
A spokesperson for the United States Postal Service sent a statement, saying, “Due to a paperwork error by the Postal Service, Kingsbridge Retirement Center's mailing destined for U.S. troops overseas was not processed in a timely manner. We sincerely apologize for this delay. These packages will be processed immediately and dispatched on tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.”
 
“Disappointing. We worked hard on this and it is a lot of money,” Waldrop said.