Wilton-based soldier support group ready to battle back after fire

August 19, 2019 08:39 PM

WILTON - Cliff Seguin would rather be packing boxes than boarding up a building Monday.

Since Seguin founded Operation Adopt A Soldier in 2003, the organization has sent 300-thousand care packages to troops serving overseas.

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"They need to have the sense of home when they're overseas in the desert or where ever they may be," said Seguin.

It's Operation Adopt a Soldier that now finds itself without a home. A fire Saturday has left the grassroots charity without its headquarters and without the equipment and supplies it needs to make sure troops feel supported.

266 packed and ready-to-be-mailed packages filled with non-perishable snacks, candy and personal care items, were destroyed by the fire.

They also lost 16 years worth of handwritten thank you notes and cards from grateful soldiers.

"Pictures, cards from all the soldiers---they're gone. And you can't replace them."

Seguin says they lost also computers, chairs, desks, shelving, and the supplies needed to fill the care packages.

"And every week we're sending packages out, well right now we don't have anything to send out. All our product is gone."

But like the soldiers they're supporting, they're resilient, vowing to get back on their feet. Seguin gets choked up as he says he's grateful to all the generous people who believe in their cause. "The community and the Capital District for their outpouring of love and support to us. It means... It means a lot."


Mark Mulholland

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