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A way to support our troops this holiday season

In case readers wonder what they can do for our troops as the holidays approach, here is one suggestion. Carolyn Blashek in Encino, Calif., has already shipped 650 care packages to our soldiers stationed overseas. She welcomes contributions of money to defray shipping costs as well as the following suggestions from the Web site http://www.OpGratitude.com:

“Many of the soldiers are asking for items to give to Iraqi children and families who have befriended them. They want candy, clothing and toys for the children and American foods to share with the Iraqi families who treat them to dinner in their homes weekly.

“Without fail, the soldiers have been welcomed with open arms and hailed as liberators rather than occupiers. They have become part of the lives of the citizens, often attending community events and ground-breaking events such as democratic elections and formation of schools. Unsure of their support at home, the soldiers find much solace in the appreciation of the Iraqi people.”

Carolyn believes that despite the negative media coverage and political bickering, Americans overwhelmingly support their troops. Because of security issues, the military requires that she address each box to a specific service member in a specific location. She gets names from company commanders, chaplains, fellow soldiers, relatives and friends. She welcomes more names, and she can be contacted at cblashek@aol.com.

The Web site details plans for holiday care packages and lists needed items. Contributions can be sent to Operation Gratitude, 16444 Refugio Road, Encino, CA 91436.

Joan Troth

Glenwood Springs

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