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Payson American Legion Riders held their annual “Fun Run” motorcycle ride Saturday to benefit Payson Supply Line.

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Payson Supply Line still on the front lines

Fun Run raised money to send care packages to troops

What started as a gift to a family member grew into a program that has provided nearly 2,000 boxes of gifts to U.S. military men and women in war zones. Veterans Butch Klein and Lud Kaftan started the Payson Supply Line in January 2005. The first beneficiary of what became Payson Supply Line was Jason Watson, the brother of Butch and Kathy Klein’s daughter-in-law. After sending Jason a small box of items just as “family,” Butch felt God was leading him to do more — not just for Jason, but for all of the U.S. troops stationed in the war zones. Butch is a former Marine and discussed his thoughts with fellow Christian and former Marine Captain Lud Kaftan. In just a short time, Butch and Lud brought their wives, Kathy and Marian, into the mix. Lud’s home office became the first area to store supplies and pack the boxes for shipping. Newspaper articles generated publicity as events raised money.

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