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Here we are in the middle of July and even though we’ve had some thunderstorms and some 90 plus degree weather, I’m still dreaming of a white Christmas.

Now everyone that really knows me, knows I love snow and the Christmas season and if I get really low, you’ll find me listening to Christmas CDs while I’m out driving in the car.

But this time of year makes it really easy to think about Christmas because for the last two weeks I’ve been enjoying the Hallmark channels and their Christmas in July time. Oh yeah, all day and night on the weekends and every evening during the week I can enjoy the Christmas movies I love the best. In fact, I’m having a little get together at my house with some ladies who also enjoy my passion.

By now, you might be asking yourself what keeping our pantries full in Porter County has to do with Christmas?

The answer is one of the first groups I think of when I think of Christmas is the Dunes Leathernecks Detachment No. 1056. This group of veterans collects and distributes toys for less fortunate children at Christmas in Porter County.

The Dunes Leathernecks were established in 2000 and is dedicated to the oath they took as Marines to give back to the community and country where they can.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with these guys and gals for many years here in Portage to help collect toys for the Toys for Tots program in Porter County on the first Saturday of December. But their philanthropic talents don’t stop at toys; they are also involved in Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April) and something else I want to bring to your attention today.

Every year, this Marine Corps Detachment hosts a “Keeping the Pantries Full Golf Outing” to help six major food pantries in Porter County, one of which is our own Portage Township Food Pantry. The outing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. July 30 at Forest Park Golf Course in Valparaiso.

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The fees for golf $70 per golfer or $280 if you want to sponsor a foursome (that’s golf talk). It’s a four-man best ball scramble and the price includes 18 holes of golf, cart, prizes food and drinks. There are cash prizes for lowest gross score, Peoria Hep, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Longest Put.

If you’re not a golfer but still want to help you could sponsor a hole for $75, an event for $250 or donate gift certificates and door prizes.

For more information or to get signed up for something by Wednesday call Reggie Hess at (219) 331-4669 or email him at reggiehess@yahoo.com.

Come on out and help these fine men and women help others right in our own backyard. They continue to serve our Porter County families above and beyond their call of duty.

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