For the third year in a row, members of the Church of the Redeemer are sending care packages to U.S. military troops.
The parishioners began gathering supplies on Veterans Day and collected toiletries, snacks, socks, DVDs and books and purchased 550-minute phone cards and Bibles to send to American troops in Afghanistan.
The church, led by David Swain, retired captain with the U.S. Marine Corps, in conjunction with the Military Officers Association of Sarasota, hopes to send 250 boxes to soldiers in time for Christmas.
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Men arrested for use of counterfeit bills
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men early Friday who attempted to purchase items at several convenience stores with fraudulent $100 bills.
Woman arrested for June theft
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested Jessica Barker of Lehigh for the alleged theft of more than $300 worth of merchandise from Ulta Beauty on South Tamiami.