Home Guard founder Dan Dorsey stood at the podium. He held up a small box and turned to the audience. “Flea collars,” he said. “We get a lot of requests for these. The soldiers put them around their ankles. Keeps the sand fleas from biting.”

Home Guard founder Dan Dorsey stood at the podium. He held up a small box and turned to the audience. “Flea collars,” he said. “We get a lot of requests for these. The soldiers put them around their ankles. Keeps the sand fleas from biting.”

He turned back to the city councilors and held up a spray can. “Silly String,” he said. “You know what they use it for? They spray it into a room that might have IEDs. It shows where trip wires are.” He said that a soldier in the field had thought this up, and since then 10,000 cans of the homeland toy has been sent to Afghanistan.

Dorsey stood before the Dunsmuir City Council Thursday to make two distinct pleas, for Dunsmuir to take up the support of soldiers on the line by gathering and shipping items most requested; and for handypersons, tradesfolk and any other volunteers to donate services to families of soldiers overseas.

He said the main concern he hears from them is what their husbands, wives and children would do in the face of unexpected, but inevitable, trials and tribulations of life. “We don't want them to have to worry about their families,” Dorsey said of the women and men of the 132nd detachment of the National Guard. “We want them to be able to keep their minds on their work, which is repairing, replacing and building Bailey bridges.”

He spoke of merchants in other parts of Siskiyou County who are offering discounts or gift certificates to members of soldiers' families, and asked Dunsmuir's to do the same.

“We're trying to get boxes sent to the Home Guard each month,” he said. He described a goal of assigning one community organization to meet the needs of each of 17 Siskiyou Home Guard members deploying from Siskiyou.

“That's the idea,” he said. “To get the whole community involved.”

Dorsey, a resident of Mount Shasta, formed Home Guard a couple of months ago and has been appearing ever since before civic and community organization to seek support for soldiers serving and for their families.

Standing at the podium Thursday, he asked Dunsmuir city councilor Arlis Steele to serve as liaison between Home Guard and Dunsmuir. Steele accepted. “We have been trying to get the elementary schools involved,” he said. “We can send crayons and coloring books, for the kids there.”

He said that would foster good will among the villagers.

“And candy,” added Dorsey. “We can send any candy except chocolate.”

Dorsey invited anyone who wants to pitch in to call him at (530) 926-2528.

There is also a sign up sheet on the counter at Dunsmuir City Hall.