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Event will benefit our soldiers

TROOP TREATS ANNOUNCES ANNUAL “MAKE A DIFFERENCE” EVENTS TO PACK 6,000 CARE PACKAGES TO US SOLDIERS ABROAD

Troop Treats, the McLean-based nonprofit that ships thousands of care packages annually to US troops overseas, will hold its Fall 2013 care-package events on Oct. 19 in Fairfax and Oct. 26 in Falls Church.

At those events, volunteers will pack 6,000 care packages containing thank-you notes to soldiers as well as shampoo, soap, toothpaste and other toiletries for shipment to US troops deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Africa and elsewhere.

Troop Treats is seeking to raise $20,000 in tax-deductible donations immediately to make these events a success. Donations can be made through PayPal at www.trooptreats.com, on Troop Treats' Facebook page using  "Fundrazr," or by mail at Troop Treats, 1611 Anderson Rd, McLean, VA 22101.

Volunteers are needed to pack care packages at this month's events. The Oct.19 event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hub building on George Mason University's campus, 3rd Floor, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. The Oct. 26 event will be 10 a.m. to noon at the James Lee Community Center, 2855-A Annandale Road, Falls Church. To volunteer, register at events@trooptreats.com. Volunteers should arrive by 9:30 a.m. to check in.

The Oct. 19 event will feature Miss Virginia, Desiree Williams of Arlington, as well as George Mason University President Angel Cabrera.

Throughout last year, Troop Treats volunteers packed 30,000 care packages containing toiletries, snack foods, decks of cards and other gift items for US soldiers deployed worldwide, truly making a difference in their daily lives. Soldiers in the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy and the US Marines benefit from these efforts.

Hotel-size toiletry items (shampoo, soap, mouthwash, toothpaste, Gold Bond powder and hand sanitizer) are needed for the care packages and can be donated for the Troop Treats care packages at The Mason Inn, 4352 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax.

 

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