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Beach police officer collecting donations for soldier,dog in Afghanistan

 

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With the help of a Miami Beach police officer, a soldier in Afghanistan and his dog are receiving support from South Floridians.

Detective Grant Reid, a member of the Miami Beach Police SWAT Team, has been collecting donations to assist his friend, Joe, whom he served with in Iraq in 2005, his dog, Pepe, and others in the Special Forces Unit. Joe and his dog are stationed in Afghanistan.

Reid already has sent three large boxes of donations totaling more than 100 pounds to the unit, which is stationed in a remote location.

“These outposts are not like the major bases where they have military stores and can get snacks and stuff regularly,” Reid said.

Reid is asking for donations of beef jerky, health foods, sunflower seeds, dog treats and Kong brand dog toys. He is also looking for monetary donations to defray shipping costs.

“The donations keep moral up,” Reid said. “It shows them that we are still thinking about them because the war is still going on there.”

As an Army veteran, Reid knows how much these packages can mean to the soldiers.

“It says a lot when people that you don’t even know send you something,” Reid said.

Reid has been in contact with military fundraising organizations to begin helping more deployed troops.

The donations can be brought to the Miami Beach Police Headquarters at 1100 Washington Ave., Miami Beach ℅ Detective Grant Reid. For more information, contact Vivian Hernandez at vivianhernandez@miamibeachfl.gov.

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