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Letter: Goodies-4-Grunts supports soldiers

Editor:

A big thank you to the people of Chino Valley. 

During the past month, Goodies-4-Grunts conducted fundraising events at the Maverik Country Store and Safeway.  Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to everyone who donated to keep the boxes moving to our men and women in uniform. 

Our thanks also go out to Maverik and Safeway for permitting us to conduct these donation drives.  We were also pleased to have met relatives with loved ones serving our country.  A box is already on the way to Chino Valley resident LCpl Travis Hartman serving in the USMC 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in Afghanistan.

I would also like to recognize The Horizon Dental Group, 5-Star Thrift and Guns Gear, Home and Land Security for sponsoring programs to support Goodies-4-Grunts during the month of May.  Their generosity and willingness to help will keep the packages moving.

Since Bin Laden was killed, the entry points to Afghanistan through Pakistan have been blocked or slowed.  The airlifts in are pretty much restricted to ammunition and food to support the units deployed in Afghanistan. 

In addition, many of our men and women are being moved to more remote locations to assist in the training of the Afghan National Police (ANP) and the Afghan National Army (ANA).  Often their only access to a base with a Post Exchange is through a combat convoy or helicopter flight back to the main base.  The consequences of this are shortages in basic hygiene items as well as snacks and food for them to eat on the go while on patrol or convoy.  When the Post Exchanges are resupplied, often the stock only lasts for a couple of hours before the shelves are once again bare.  Our support is more critical today than it has been ever before.

I would also like to give a big thumbs up to Anna Popescu and Sally Riner for their efforts in knitting wool caps for the troops.  Even now these are being shipped to front line medical units supporting the Army and Marines.  These are used to warm the heads of wounded warriors as they are transported back for treatment.  Many of the bases are above 7,000 feet in the mountains, and helicopter trips can be quite chilly even in the summer.  The work of these ladies throughout the year are helping the wounded when they need help the most.

If you would like to help, or if you have someone serving overseas, please let me know.  You can reach me at 928-379-1185 or through the web site at www.goodies-4-grunts.org. Goodies-4-Grunts is a registered 501(c)3 charity which supports our men and women in uniform.

Murrell Worth

Founding Director, Goodies-4-Grunts

Chino Valley

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