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Embry-Riddle Army, Air Force ROTC aid deployed troops

Courtesy photo<br>Murrell Worth, right, shakes hands Oct. 25 with Cadet Capt. Albert Schwartz, who led Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Army ROTC’s collection of food and personal care items to be sent to troops around the world.

Courtesy photo<br>Murrell Worth, right, shakes hands Oct. 25 with Cadet Capt. Albert Schwartz, who led Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Army ROTC’s collection of food and personal care items to be sent to troops around the world.

Murrell Worth, director of Goodies-4-Grunts, a Chino Valley group that sends care packages to deployed troops, along with Cadet Capt. Albert Schwartz, who led Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Army ROTC, joined forces for a collection of food and personal care items to be sent to troops around the world.

Worth also presented a We Support Our Troops flag to Air Force ROTC Cadet Capt. Lauren Zmudczynski for the Air Force ROTC's first year helping the charity.

"It may have been an overcast day for many, but it was a bright day to come for men and women serving our country," Worth said as he accepted six large boxes with several hundred pounds of gifts for deployed troops from the Army and Air Force ROTC.

For the past six years, Goodies-4-Grunts, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has sent 1-gallon ziplock bags filled with toiletries, food and entertainment items throughout the year to some of the most forward-deployed combat troops in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Philippines.

This year, the boxes will be shipped to the U.S. Air Force chaplains at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, a support battalion of the Army's 25th Infantry Division in Afghanistan, a unit of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, an Army infantry unit in Djibouti and a U.S. Navy Special Operations group in the southern Philippines, Worth said.

"This is a very special gift, as it is these young officers-to-be assisting their brothers and sisters who are deployed in harms way," Worth told the ROTC representatives.

Last year, troops sent Embry-Riddle's Army ROTC a flag flown over a Marine Forward Operating Base in southern Afghanistan along with letters and emails letting them know how much their efforts were appreciated, Worth said.

For more information on Goodies-4-Grunts, go to www.goodies-4-grunts.org.

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