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Treats for Troops makes an impact

Times are not easy for citizens of this country, and that much is clear to most anyone who has friends or family hunting for work or otherwise struggling to make ends meet.
However, we have the freedom we hold dear — freedom bought for us with the devoted service of the members of our armed forces — to buoy our spirits.
Those soldiers, be they stationed in the searing deserts of the Middle East or elsewhere around the globe where the United States keeps an active military presence, are worthy of as much respect and good will as we can muster.
These tough times would be even tougher without the promise of protection that the men and women of the military provide for us. They provide it freely, without coercion or expectation of lavish praise.
Treats for Troops, a local program that compiles care packages to send to soldiers serving around the world on deployment, is one way that we can show our gratitude for their service. The need for more supplies is always there, and even the smallest measure of charity to Treats for Troops can make an impact.
Consider how good a soldier feels when they open a package of goods, food, personal items and messages of support.
Service overseas can be a lonely occupation, and the connection such a gesture can represent is in itself important.
Surely as important is the fact that providing individually packaged items like shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, lip balm, sunscreen and sweets can make a soldier feel a little more at ease in an unsteady world.
There are some things to remember if you’d like to take part in the Treats for Troops program. Large items are too hard to handle, as are liquids. Pack crushable items in containers that can protect them during their shipment and delivery.
Food is welcome, but non-perishable goods like vacuum sealed or canned meats are a must — just bear in mind pork is not fit for a trip across the globe.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are fought by our friends, neighbors, sons and daughters. Treats for Troops’ Harriet Adams, who coordinates the effort, said it well:
“Treats for Troops is determined to let them know, as best we can, that they are not forgotten by those who are enjoying life as usual in the United States.”
We encourage community members to look for ways to contribute a little of their resources to making the lives of soldiers overseas a bit better.

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