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Afghanistan Air Drop from Washington State Civilians

100px-Seal_of_Washington_svgAfghanistan Air Drop from Washington State Civilian: In November 2007 Kirkland-based Technical Glass Products (TGP), future resident of Snoqualmie Ridge, assembled care packages that were flown and air-dropped to a 130-person Airborne Infantry company on front-line combat posts in Afghanistan. Citizens of Snoqualmie and North Bend, Washington, and the surrounding area were invited to buy and bring the following new items to Meadow Brook Farm, 1711 Boalch Ave, North Bend, Washington:        
  • phone cards (#1 choice so they can phone home to their loved ones)
  • personal hygiene items
  • quality snack foods
  • magazines books
  • AA and AAA batteries
  • DVDs
  • iPODs
  • 1 & 2 GB/SD memory sticks (external hard drives)
  • Nerf toys
  • Multi-colored gel pens (to write home with)
  • VISA and MasterCard gift cards for when they do make it back to a base.
SupportOurTroops.Org helped disseminate information about the project.  The items were air-dropped into the troops' location in Afghanistan, a combat zone. Here's what Roy Emerson, executive officer of the 130-person Airborne Infantry Company, said when he requested the packages: "These men have been occupying combat outposts where they are frequently engaged with the enemy. They've been eating MRE's [Meals-Ready-to-Eat] for the last six months and have had no comforts from home. No regular mail. No good food. No Internet. Few personal hygiene items or other simple things.

Bryan / College Station Jaycees Assemble 49 Care Packages For The Troops

bryantx-jayceecarepacks2Bryan / College Station Jaycees "Operation Cheap Date"- Bryan Texas - July 26, 2008; Under a blazing hot Texas sun, the Bryan / College Station Jaycees were sweating for a good cause on Saturday, July 26th.  The Jaycees are a cooperating partner of SupportOurTroops.Org. The project dubbed "Operation Cheap Date" awarded a prize of a free appetizer or dessert to local restaurants for a donation of 5 separate items from the list of supplies for the troops or a $25 monetary donation.  Items donated included single serve powdered drink mixes, snacks, wet wipes, toiletries, hard candy DVD's, magazines, and much more.     bryantx-jayceecarepacks3The Bryan / College Station Jaycees received community support from a local radio station, Candy 95.  The Candy 95 DJ's were on site talking about the Jaycees all afternoon on air and encouraging the community to help support our troops.  The local Newspaper, The Bryan Eagle also supported Operation Cheap Date by printing an article on Friday asking the community to support the Jaycees by donating supplies for the troops.     bryantx-jayceecarepacks1Operation Cheap Date was a very successful project and allowed our community to be involved in supporting the troops.  The Bryan / College Station Jaycees raised $310 in donations and collected 49 boxes of supplies to ship overseas.  The Bryan Eagle reported that the community would and could do better than the original goal of 15 boxes of supplies.  The Bryan / College Station community delivered results! Thank you to the Bryan / College Station community and thank you to our troops serving our country overseas!  We miss you all and hope you come home soon. Written by Carla Townson SupportOurTroops.Org thanks the Jaycees, one of our cooperating partners, for doing such a wonderful thing for the troops!

27 TONS of Good-will Treats to California Guard Members and Their Families!

July 18, 2008 - 27 TONS of good-will treats to California Guard members and their families! SupportOurTroops.Org, CFC#31529, is right now delivering shipping 27 TONS popcorn good-will gifts to California national guard units and families. That's 60 pallets. $224,538 worth! And it's all marked with colorful "thank-you" signage. And that's on top of hundreds of tons shipped by SupportOurTroops.Org to deployed California Troops all around the world. "Who are these €˜troops?' " said Martin Boire, Chairman of SupportOurTroops.Org. "Why, they are our neighbors, who are deployed to protect us. What a fun way to show them how much we think of them, right now tractor-trailers are up and down the roadways the length of the state delivering pallets of free microwave popcorn treats for kids camps and events. Each case of popcorn comes labeled with colorful €˜thank-you' signage. What a tremendous gesture of good will. A warm positive way to show them how much we care." These days a lot of the troops who are deployed to protect us and our families are our neighbors -- members of the guard. And our deployed neighbors have spouses and kids here at home. This is a simple fun way to show them we care. Especially their kids. We want them to know that we care about them and know that they are there. These free microwave popcorn treats will be used at summer camps for their kids, retreats which give returning troops and their families some decompression time together, and at family assistance centers which help with various needs. California Support Our Troops® member Nancy Cunningham said "We want them surrounded with expressions of good will from us. This microwave popcorn is a simple fun wholesome expression of our awareness of, belief in, and gratitude for their spouses and parents. It is a simple easy way for people to get involved" About SupportOurTroops.Org SupportOurTroops.Org, CFC#31529, offers simple ways for folks to thank and show support to American troops (our neighbors) serving to keep our families safe. It is a non-partisan, non-political civilian organization, welcoming civilians, active-duty families, and veterans as members. Neighbor to neighbor. Donations at SupportOurTroops.Org help us do wonderful things like this for the troops and their families. Who did this?, and its cooperating partners the Boy Scouts of America, and the Trails End Popcorn Company teamed up to pull this off. Said Support Our Troops® Chairman Martin C. Boire: "kids, you want to know how to pull off something this huge? Get into Scouting, you'll get to organize hundreds of things." Where do you think I learned how to do this? Who manufactured it? Nothing but the best for our troops! Trail's End popcorn is known as America's Best Popcorn. It is produced by Weaver Popcorn Company, one of the largest producers and manufacturers of popcorn products in the world. An 80-year-old, family-owned company located in Indiana, Weaver Popcorn distributes its products in more than 90 countries. Where did all this popcorn come from? From the American People! The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts went door to door across America and asked people if they would like to donate $25 of popcorn treats to the troops. And at $25 a pop this many people did. What is SupportOurTroops.Org? Support Our Troops® is a patriotic family organization aimed at protecting the well-being of the troops and their families. They Support Us €“ Let's Support Them!„¢ Civilian-led, SOT enthusiastically welcomes civilians, active-duty families, veterans, and folks from all political parties. We offer simple, easy, everyday methods through which folks can stick up for those who stick up for all of us: official license plates, yellow ribbons, apparel, and accessories, knowing that it works to benefit the deployed troops (our neighbors) and their families. Support Our Troops is a nation-wide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with chapters in 37 states to date. We also operate the Find-A-Group„¢ Program, a major service program linking everyone up by providing a consolidated, editable, searchable web list of all charities and organizations doing anything that benefits the active duty troops or their families. How does get all of this done? Through our online community forum at, and a lot of hard work by a lot of good kids and adults across America. CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) Member #31529. Support Our Troops® is an authorized private civilian national and international nonprofit in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Federal employees can help Support Our Troops® by designating to code 31529. Contact: 1-877-879-8882 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Download a picture of troops with popcorn and the SupportOurTroops.Org logo at SupportOurTroops.Org, or through this press release.

U.S. Marines in Japan and Hawaii Hook 8 TONS of Good-will!

marinecorpshookJuly 2, 2008- U.S. Marines in Japan and Hawaii hook 8 TONS of good-will popcorn gifts from the folks at home! What a positive way to show support for the troops! SupportOurTroops.Org, CFC#31529, has just shipped 47,317 free servings of popcorn good-will gifts to the U.S. Marines stationed in Japan and Hawaii. That's 17 pallets. That's 895 cases! $72,166 worth! 8 tons! What a gesture of our trust in them, and our honest gratitude for everything they do to protect all of us civilians and our families here at home.

Infantry Soldiers Share Bond With Iraqi Comrades

FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY Iraq, June 30, 2008 €“ Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers and Iraqi National Police officers share the stresses and successes of providing security and stability in Iraq as they work side by side every day to protect the people of Baghdad. Patriot Brigade soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team frequently stop at police stations to check in on their Iraqi brothers in arms. This may seem like a small gesture, one soldier said, but the visits have positive repercussions.

Employer Support Freedom Award Recipients

June 30, 2008- Arlington, VA - ARLINGTON, VA €“ The Department of Defense has announced the 2008 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recipients.  The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.  Fifteen employers nationwide are receiving the top honor for guard and reserve support. Learn More.  Click here for State Farm's award announcement.

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